NEW YORK >> Yannick Nezet-Seguin will succeed James Levine as music director of the Metropolitan Opera but will not take over until the 2020-21 season.

Nezet-Seguin will become music director designate in 2017-18 and start to collaborate on planning the company's schedule, often done five years in advance or more. He will conduct two operas per season as music director designate and five operas per season once he takes over the role.

The 41-year-old Canadian, considered the favorite to replace Levine, has been music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since the 2012-13 season.