Great Performances: Yannick – An Artist’s Journey

(Rochester, NY) – Great Performances: Yannick – An Artist’s Journey, premiering Friday, September 3, 2021 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, tells the story of Canadian Born conductor Yannick's Nezet Seguin's rise from a child prodigy to one of the most acclaimed and sought-after music directors of his generation. 

In 2018, young Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin stepped into one of the most high-profile roles in all of music: Music director of the Metropolitan Opera. Great Performances: Yannick – An Artist’s Journey follows Nézet-Séguin on his journey from a 10-year-old budding conductor to the pinnacle of the opera world, capturing the creative process and what it means to refine the soul of an artist. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Susan Froemke (Great Performances: The Opera House), the cinema verité documentary explores the conductor’s roots through interviews with family members, early influences, and colleagues, paired with home movies. Behind-the-scenes footage shows the maestro in rehearsal with Met Opera soprano Diana Damrau (“La Traviata”) and in coaching sessions with young artists like Gabriela Reyes. From the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal to the Met in New York City to The City of Brotherly Love with Philadelphia Orchestra, which Nézet-Séguin also directs, Great Performances follow this energetic artist as he delves ever more deeply into music and the artistic collaborations that sustain him. 

Photo: Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin 
Credit: Rose Callahan at Met Opera on Jan 16, 2018

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