By Megan Westberg
The Metropolitan Opera has announced that French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is to become its next music director. Current music director James Levine, whose celebrated tenure has lasted over four decades, announced in April that he would be stepping down as music director at the end of the 2015/16 season, citing health reasons. He will assume the role of music director emeritus. Nézet-Séguin will begin working with the organization immediately, stepping up his involvement over the course of the next few seasons until he officially assumes his new post in the 2020–2021 season. He has also extended his contract with the Philadelphia Orchestra through the 2025/26 season.