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Performer: Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal


One of Quebec’s leading cultural ambassadors, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal was founded in 1981 on a daring gamble: that the best way to promote symphonic music is by creating strong ties with the public. Building on this special relationship as well as its concerts and recordings, the ensemble has earned an enviable international reputation.

Since his appointment as artistic director and principal conductor in 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has developed and maintained an exceptional relationship with the musicians, undoubtedly contributing to the Orchestre’s success, longevity and growing fame.

Guided by its constant pursuit of excellence, the Orchestre Métropolitain is committed to presenting symphonic music innovatively, creatively and uncompromisingly. Brought to life by its Quebec-trained musicians, its adventurous programming has made the Orchestre a standout player on the symphonic stage.

Each year, the Orchestre Métropolitain performs some 50 concerts that fill the Maison symphonique de Montréal with sound and, through its collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal, resonate far beyond the Quartier des spectacles and into a dozen of the city’s boroughs. Sharing its passion for classical music with people from all walks of life, the Orchestre distinguishes itself through its vibrant Young Music Lovers program and many educational initiatives.

The Orchestre has hosted many prestigious artists, including Renée Fleming, Hélène Grimaud, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jan Lisiecki, Andreas Ottensamer, Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazón. Proud of working with musicians and singers from every background, the Orchestre was a key player in the 2017 festivities marking the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal. It also works closely with other companies, in particular the Opéra de Montréal.

The recipient of many national awards, the Orchestre Métropolitain owes its international reputation to, among other things, its some 20 recordings, many of them for the Canadian ATMA Classique label. Its complete Bruckner symphony cycle, the last recording in which will appear in the spring of 2018, displays the Orchestre’s boldness and excellence. In 2016, the ensemble was joined by signers Rolando Villazón and Ildar Abdrazakov to record its first disc for Deutsche Grammophon.

In the fall of 2017, the Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin will perform for European audiences on its very first overseas tour.


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MontrealHymns of Praise

Bernstein, Mendelssohn
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Karina Gauvin; Myriam Leblanc; Andrew Staples; Chœur Métropolitain

MontrealEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Guillaume Tourniaire; Tomer Zvulun; Opéra de Montréal; Étienne Dupuis; Nicole Car; Carolyn Sproule; Owen McCausland

MontrealBerlioz in Italy

Berlioz, Archer, Respighi
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Thibeault

MontrealBerlioz in Italy

Berlioz, Archer, Respighi
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Thibeault

MontrealThe New World Symphony

Copland, Sunabacka, Dvořák
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal; Alondra de la Parra; Mélanie Harel
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Exuberant Beethoven from Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain

Nicolas Ellis and Orchestre Métropolitain © François Goupil
Maestro Ellis and the Orchestre Métropolitain provided a top notch concert in Montreal’s Verdun borough.
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Orchestre Métropolitain renders a poignant Mahler 9

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Orchestre Métropolitain | François Goupil
Eighteen years ago Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain took a huge gamble by appointing the youthful local Yannick Néget- Séguin as its Music Director. Now, when the Maestro returns to conduct in his native city, a lovefest ensues.
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As English as roast beef: YNS and OM in Paris

Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil
On the last leg of their first international tour, the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin fully embraced Elgar after a francophone first half of Berlioz and Saint-Saëns. 
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A long-term collaboration: Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd
A program that didn't look too exciting on paper was made special by an outstanding interpretation. 
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Elegant lyricism from Watanabe in all-Mendelssohn program

Kensho Watanabe © David Debalko
The Philadelphia connection continues in Montreal with Kensho Watanabe leading the Orchestre Métropolitain in an all-Mendelssohn program.
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