This fall, Québec artists will take the stage at two of New York City’s greatest performing houses. In unveiling its new season earlier this year, the Metropolitan Opera announced that Québec maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin and director Robert Lepage will be part of its schedule for 2009-10. Another highlight of the season will be two performances at Carnegie Hall by celebrated Québec chamber music ensemble Les Violons du Roy.
The 34-year old Nézet-Séguin will make his Met debut to conduct the premiere of a new production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen on the occasion of the Met's New Year’s Eve Gala.
Nézet-Séguin is the artistic director of the Orchestre métropolitain du Grand Montréal and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following a hugely successful run last year, Robert Lepage’s production of La Damnation de Faust will return to the Met in October and November 2009. With a stunning use of video imagery, Lepage applies his artistry to Berlioz’s contemplation of good and evil and creates “techno-alchemy at the opera,” according to the New York Times.
On December 11 and 12, Les Violons du Roy, under the baton of Bernard Labadie, will join La Chapelle de Québec and other great voices of the classical music scene for two performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
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