Met orchestra takes curtain call onstage with Yannick Nézet-Séguin
'Night after night...you have 80 people playing music live, risking'
Yannick Nézet-Séguin took the rare step of bringing the entire orchestra onstage for curtain calls following his first performance as just the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera's 135-year-history.
The 43-year-old Canadian led Tuesday night's premiere of a new production of Verdi's La Traviata by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flores and Quinn Kelsey.
The orchestra floods the stage for the final curtain call after Verdi's 'Traviata' <a href="https://twitter.com/MetOpera?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@metopera</a> & audience members are sent home with free bottles of 'Vintage Yannick' Prosecco to commemorate Night 1 of the Nézet-Séguin era. Sets courtesy of Disney Corporation. <a href="https://t.co/UdhJLBXClS">pic.twitter.com/UdhJLBXClS</a>—@CorinnadFW
Gold confetti was dropped over Nézet-Séguin during his curtain call, and the orchestra emerged from the wings to take bows behind him — rather than remain in the pit or stand as it does on other nights.
"What classical music is about is human effort. It's the people behind the sounds and the visuals that we see," he told CBC's Rosemary Barton in a recent interview, explaining his desire to celebrate the orchestra's players.
Watch as Canadian conductor and new Met music director Yannick Nézet-Ségui tells the orchestra he wants them to come on stage and take a bow. An unusual move, signalling a new, collaborative era about to sweep over the famed New York opera company. <a href="https://t.co/KLXnS4qbl9">pic.twitter.com/KLXnS4qbl9</a>—@CBCTheNational
"Night after night, when you sit there, you have 80 people playing music live, risking. There's no tape there. There's no safety net," he explained.
"There's such a collective effort in this that it's my role to feature that aspect of the teamwork even more, especially from the orchestra."
As audience members left, they were handed small bottles of prosecco labeled "Vintage Yannick," with the date and the opera.
Aaaand free “Vintage Yannick” champagne bottles for every single person leaving the house <a href="https://t.co/ANe73RmXdz">pic.twitter.com/ANe73RmXdz</a>—@asvokos