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8 Apr 2009

Next season, Québec artists will shine on New York’s greatest stages

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin Photo : © Pierre Dury

This fall, Québec artists will once again be in the spotlight on New York City’s greatest stages.

When it recently unveiled its programming for 2009-2010, the Metropolitan Opera announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Robert Lepage will take part in its 126th season. Mr. Nézet-Séguin, who is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal and of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philarmonic Orchestra, will make his first career appearance at the Met. He will be conducting a new production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, which premieres on December 31, 2009 on the occasion of the Metropolitan Opera’s New Year’s Eve Gala.

For his part, Mr. Lepage will once again bring to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera his production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. This stunning operatic event, which had a hugely successful run this past fall, will return to the Met in October and November 2009. The New York Times has saluted the « techno-alchemy » of Mr. Lepage’s visually dazzling production.

In addition, Les Violons du Roy will treat the New York audience to two master works, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, for its performances at Carnegie Hall on December 11 and 12. Under the direction of Mr. Bernard Labadie, this chamber music ensemble will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2009-2010. Les Violons du Roy will join forces with La Chapelle de Québec and other great voices of the classical music scene for these two exceptional evenings.

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Carnegie Hall
Québec Government Office in New York
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