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How Yannick Nézet-Séguin helped redefine the public image of the conductor

CBC Music

When it was announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin would succeed James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera, bringing an end to months of speculation, it was the headline of the year in classical music circles.

Nézet-Séguin is helping to redefine the public image of the conductor. He’s humanizing a profession that has been tainted, historically, by notorious egomaniacal behaviour, something to be endured in the service of a higher artistic goal. Thankfully, the era of the autocratic conductor is coming to an end.

Read more about Nézet-Séguin's influence on 2016, and nine other artists who shaped our conversations around music this year, via our special feature Making Noise.

A GIF of 10 artists on CBC Music's Making Noise list.