Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Meeting with an orchestra on stage behind Nezet-Seguin

NEW YORK – Yannick Nezet-Seguin had the rare opportunity to reunite the entire orchestra on stage for curtain slaps after his first performance as third musical director in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, there are 135 years.

The 43-year-old Canadian directed a new production of Verdi's "La Traviata" on Tuesday night by Michael Mayer, winner of the Tony Award, along with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flores and Quinn Kelsey.

Gold confetti was dropped on Nezet-Seguin during his call to the curtain and the orchestra came out of the wings to take curtsies behind him – rather than staying in the pit or staying up the same night.

When the audience members left, they were handed small bottles of prosecco bearing the words "Vintage Yannick", along with the date and the opera.

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