Metropolitan Opera Celebrates Yannick Nézet-Séguin With iTunes Releases & SiriusXM Broadcasts

By David Salazar

This has been a major week for the Metropolitan Opera. Not only did it launch a new podcast and open its new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” but it also kickstarted conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s tenure as its music director. In celebration of the maestro’s new beginning, the company is also releasing some highlights from the composer’s career to this point.

The new releases are available via iTunes and will include tracks from “Carmen,” “Der Fliegende Holländer,” “Rusalka,” “Don Carlo,” “Faust,” Otello,” Parsifal,” and “Elektra;” these are all the operas the conductor has performed during his time with the company.

Among the artists included in these excerpts as Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Keith Miller, Russell Braun, Michèle Losier, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Zeljko Lucic, Chad Shelton, Jay Hunter Morris, Christine Goerke, and Elza van den Heever, among others.

But the celebration doesn’t end there. The company is also set to broadcast six of the conductor’s performances this week on SiriusXM.

“Elektra,” from the 2017-18 season will be showcased on Dec. 4, 6, 8, and 9. “Otello” can be heard on Dec. 4, 6, and 8, while “Rusalka” will be streamed on Dec. 4, 6, 7, and 9. “Der Fliegende Holländer” will be presented on Dec. 5, 6, and 9 with those interested in hearing “Faust” getting a chance to do so on Dec. 5, 7, and 10.