Towards a New World

8 August, 2021

Towards a New World

Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre


At the time of Dvořák’s stay in New York at the end of the 19th century, the world was in complete effervescence. From those years in America, the Czech composer drew his best-known symphony, a work both optimistic and nostalgic. Six decades later, his compatriot Martinů, fascinated by the legacy of the Renaissance, gave us his Frescoes, a sumptuous, shimmering work and a grandiose conclusion to this Lanaudière season unlike any other.

A+ 84,75  $
A   72,25  $
B   59,75  $
P   26,48  $

A+ / A / B : seats under the roof
P : lawn

Orchestre Métropolitain

One of Quebec’s key cultural ambassadors, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (OM) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. At its inception in 1981, the OM set the bar high: to build a unique relationship with the community through high-impact initiatives. Over the last 20 years, the OM has grown alongside its artistic director and principal conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, whose career continues to reach new heights. In September 2019, the OM announced that Nézet-Séguin had signed on for an exceptional lifetime contract.

This special relationship resonates throughout the community, with 50 concerts performed annually at the Maison symphonique and across the city, thanks to the Conseil des arts de Montréal Touring Program. The OM also puts on webcast and open-air concerts. Driven by excellence, the ensemble is known for its bold presence, authenticity and community engagement.

More recently, the OM performed all nine Beethoven symphonies for its Summer of Beethoven webcast series available exclusively on DG Stage. This initiative made the OM one of the first orchestras to come together again after the COVID-19 crisis forced ensembles across the globe to go on hiatus.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the OM has rolled out numerous digital initiatives, which has helped it stay connected with audience members during this unprecedented time.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain since 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes, in September 2018, the third Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera (MET), New York, adding this to his Music Directorship of the Philadelphia Orchestra where he has served since 2012. In 2016-2017, he became a lifetime Honorary Member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. After his ten-year tenure with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, he is named Honorary Conductor. In 2019, on the cusp of his 20th season with the OM, he announces the renewal for life of his contract. This open-ended commitment is based on mutual trust.

He has worked regularly with many leading European ensembles and has enjoyed many close collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk and Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as with London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. His opera interpretations have been acclaimed in many of the world’s most famous houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Salzburg Festival, La Scala (Milan) and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden, London) as well as in such renowned concert halls as the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Carnegie Hall (New York).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon label while continuing his role in the collaborative partnership between ATMA Classique and the Orchestre Métropolitain. His honours include Artist of the Year by the prestigious magazine Musical America, a Royal Philharmonic Society Award (RPS, London), Canada’s National Arts Centre Award (Ottawa), the Prix Denise-Pelletier, awarded by the Quebec government, the Medal of Honor of the National Assembly of Quebec and the Oskar Morawetz Award.