New Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera

Fabio Luisi, a frequent guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, will assume the title of principal guest conductor starting in 2010-11. The Italian maestro first conducted at the Met in 2005 (Don Carlo) and will return in 2010-11 for Ariadne auf Naxos and Rigoletto. Luisi follows Valery Gergiev in the spot. He was principal guest from 1998 to 2008.

Luisi is currently chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony and artistic director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He has been guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

In the meantime, another frequent Met conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has signed an extension of his contract with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He will remain music director there - he also followed Gergiev in the post - at least through 2015, the orchestra announced April 23.

By the way, was anyone else mystified by the use of the word 'anoints" by headline writers in the Times? I've understood that word to be exclusively religious, sometimes suggesting divine intervention, but maybe the Times knows something about Peter Gelb we don't know.