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Nézet-Séguin to Take 4 Weeks Off From Conducting

Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a performance at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a performance at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York (AP) -- Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is taking a four-week sabbatical from conducting starting Dec. 19 after a busy autumn and ahead of a challenging second half of the season.

The Met said Monday the 46-year-old had withdrawn from a run of Mozart's “Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)” scheduled from Jan. 8-28 and April 2-16 and will be replaced by Daniele Rustioni and James Gaffigan.