We hear from LA players that Emmanuel Ceysson, sensational principal harp of the Metropolitan Opera, has won the audition for an LA vacancy and will be switching to a sunnier coast.
Ceysson, 35, is one of the standout musicians in the Met orchestra.
He will be the first to defect under the revivalist regime of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, but there may be personal reasons for his move.
Either way, it’s a coup for Dudamel and a headache for the Met.
Emmanuel will be the fourth ex-Met principal in the LA Phil, alongside Whitney Crockett (bassoon), Denis Bouriakov (flute), and Boris Allakhverdyan (clarinet).