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The Metropolitan Opera presents Yannick: An Artist’s Journey, a feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke that follows Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin on his inspiring journey from ten-year-old budding conductor to Met Music Director—the pinnacle of the opera world—capturing the alchemy of the creative process and what it means to refine the soul of an artist. The film also features performances from La Traviata and Dialogues des Carmélites.
Yannick: An Artist's Journey follows Maestro Nézet-Séguin on his journey from young conductor to being named the third music director in Met history. The documentary features extraordinary, vivid home movies, recorded by Nézet-Séguin's family while he was growing up in Montreal, which captures the artistic curiosity and sheer talent of a child who was fascinated by art and religion until an epiphany led him to devote his life to music. In addition to interviews with family, mentors, colleagues, and the maestro himself, the film also shows revealing behind-the-scenes footage of Nézet-Séguin in rehearsals, highlighting his musical homes in Montreal, Philadelphia, and New York. The cameras follow the energetic artist as he prepares for a new production of Verdi's La Traviata during the Met's 2018–19 season, which marked his first performance as Met Music Director. The film is bookended by the final weeks of that season, with Nézet-Séguin preparing and leading a transcendent interpretation of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. This production reflects Nézet-Séguin's musical sensitivity, collaborative spirit, and religious background, providing a stirring framework for a film that explores one's artistic inspirations and ideals.
The film is directed by Susan Froemke, whose documentaries include the Oscar-nominated LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton, as well as previous collaborations with the Met such as The Audition, Wagner's Dream, and The Opera House.
Normal ticket prices apply to this title. Met Opera Multi-pass is not applicable.