Nezet-Seguin becomes Met Opera's music director next season

NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera's music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade.

Nezet-Seguin's appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson's disease caused the end of James Levine's 40-year run. The company announced Nezet-Seguin would start a five-year contract in 2020-21 after three seasons as music director designate.

Levine became music director emeritus but was suspended in December following multiple allegations of sexual harassment from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The Met says Nezet-Seguin will conduct 17 performances next season. He will conduct three operas in 2019-20, then at least five each season starting in 2020-21.