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Guide to the Orchestre Metropolitain

« There was a glow and an aura to the orchestral texture and fabric. The strings played their impossible parts, chief fodder of orchestral auditions, with passion, courage and precision. Every member of the orchestra gave it everything they had. It was Montréal. »
Laurence Vittes Bachtrack
European Tour 2017
© Geneviève Lesieur
© Geneviève Lesieur
© Marco Borggreve
© Marco Borggreve
© Marco Borggreve
© Marco Borggreve
Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil

Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Orchestre Métropolitain

Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses the qualities of his Orchestre Métropolitain ahead of their big European tour. 
Alexandre Tharaud © Marco Borggreve

In conversation with Alexandre Tharaud

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will be touring Europe with the Orchestre Métropolitan of Montreal and its conductor Yannick Nézét-Séguin. On a park bench in front of the Comédie française, Tharaud tells us all.
Jean-Guihen Queyras © Marco Borggreve

Jean-Guihen Queyras, the cellist with a thousand faces

Queyras will be touring Europe from the end of November with Yannick Nézét-Séguin and the Montreal-based orchestra. We meet a musician who is as passionate as he is eclectic.
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Verdi: Rigoletto
Carlo Montanaro; Michael Cavanagh; Opéra de Montréal; Robert Dahlstrom; James Westman; Myriam Leblanc; Ramë Lahaj

MontrealDas Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Michael Christie; Brian Staufenbiel; Opéra de Montréal; Matthew LeFebvre; Ryan McKinny; Gregory Dahl

MontrealCarmenNew production

Bizet: Carmen
Alain Trudel; Charles Binamé; Opéra de Montréal; Olivier Landreville; Dominique Guindon; Krista de Silva; Antoine Bélanger
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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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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.