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Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Forced to Retire After Season for Medical Reasons >>

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.

Kaija Saariaho First Woman in a Century to Premeire Piece with Metropolitan Opera

Kaija Saariaho First Woman in a Century to Premiere Piece with Metropolitan Opera >>

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.

Despite Medication Change, James Levine's Met Opera Tenure Still Uncertain

Despite Medication Change, James Levine's Met Opera Tenure Still Uncertain >>

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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Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Could Conduct for More Seasons With Adjusted Medications

Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Could Conduct for More Seasons With Adjusted Medications >>

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.

Russian Bass, Ildar Abdrazakov, Performs in The Metropolitan Opera's Production of 'Prince Igor,' Opening September 22

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov Stars in 'Le Nozze di Figaro' at Met Opera, Borodin's 'Prince Igor' Opening October 22 >>

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.

Farewell, Fabio: Zurich Opera Music Director, Fabio Luisi, Leaves Metropolitan Opera for Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2017

Farewell, Fabio: Luisi Leaving Metropolitan Opera for Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2017 >>

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 Named Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in 2017, Following Zurich opera and Met Opera

Fabio Luisi Named Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in 2017, Following Zurich and Met Operas Jobs >>

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.

James Levine’s Younger Brother Tom Levine: An Artist in His Own Right, with a Solo Show at the Washburn Gallery

James Levine’s Younger Brother Tom: An Artist in His Own Right, with a Solo Show at the Washburn Gallery >>

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.

Q&A: Metropolitan GM Peter Gelb Dishes Stats on Live Opera Broadcasts >>

"I think there were a lot of people who expected us to fall on our face with this program." -- Peter Gelb

James Levine to Conduct an Evening of Comic Opera Presented by Juilliard and the Met

James Levine to Conduct an Evening of Comic Opera Presented by Juilliard and the Met >>

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.

Introducing Maestro Fabio Luisi, the Met's New Perfume Maker! >>

The Met's heir apparent launches his own perfume range.

After Triumphant Return to the Met, James Levine Leads New Production of Verdi's 'Falstaff' >>

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.

Metropolitan Opera Guild Lunches James Levine Back, Deutsche Grammophon Releases Carnegie Hall Return Concert >>

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.

Daniel Barenboim to Desert La Scala Post Come 2015 >>

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.

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