It has perhaps been the Metropolitan Opera's most imminent concern for its latest season, but it's been announced that the company's iconic and emblematic conductor, James Levine, will step down after this season.
The Metropolitan Opera's 2016-17 season will prove to be a testament to the progress of women in the field. Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, and her heralded composition, "L'Amour de Loin," will be featured during the season, which marks a milestone victory as the piece is the first from a woman in over a century.
The Metropolitan Opera's beloved conductor, James Levine, has had a tumultuous battle with Parkinson's Disease, which has hindered his abilities to continue with the company. With tenure of four decades, and despite doctors claiming a change in medication could help curb his symptoms, Levine's future with the orchestra remains uncertain.
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Old age and the onset of a degenerative illness haven't slowed down long-time Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, whose battle with Parkinson's Disease may have forced him into retirement. Per the prognosis of Levine's neurologist, his symptoms could be alleviated with a simple change in dosage of his medication.
In the case of world-renowned, Russian-born bass Ildar Abdrazakov, 37, Italian opera has made him a premiere singer in the operatic world. A native of Ufa, capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, Ildar now has taken his voice to a new level, and he will perform in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Prince Igor,' to open Oct. 22.
Perhaps Fabio Luisi's schedule just found some free time--as the famed Zurich Opera music director will not renew his contract as principal conductor of The Metropolitan Opera in 2017. Instead, he will pursue his new withstanding contract with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Fabio Luisi will be quite busy in the coming years. Music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, now Luisi will be named principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
Tom Levine, 68, is an artist who is only now achieving wider recognition for his work. The Washburn Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting Levine's new paintings, which represent a major turning point in his career.
"I think there were a lot of people who expected us to fall on our face with this program." -- Peter Gelb
Performances of "A Concert of Comic Operas," conducted by James Levine, will take place at Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater on February 11 and 14 at 8:00 p.m. and February 16 at 2:00 p.m.
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Levine will lead a new production of Verdi’s "Falstaff," directed by Robert Carsen. The gala première of this new production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece will take place on December 6.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild welcomed James Levine back to his Metropolitan Opera post during a lunch held at the Waldorf-Astoria on November 11. Metropolitan Opera patrons and several generations of Met singers gathered to say "Welcome home, Jimmy!" at this special event.
Well, this might be the least surprising news story of the week. As Italian newspapers report, variously, that Riccardo Chailly or Fabio Luisi will be taking over at La Scala, Daniel Barenboim has announced that he will be leaving Italy's preeminent opera house early. He will now be stepping down at the start of 2015.