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James Levine to resume conducting on May 19

Just in from Carnegie Hall:
METROPOLITAN OPERA MUSIC DIRECTOR JAMES LEVINE RETURNS TO CONDUCTING,
LEADING THE MET ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL ON SUNDAY, MAY 19

Program Includes Music by Wagner and Schubert, and
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Evgeny Kissin

The MET Orchestra concludes its 2012–2013 season at Carnegie Hall with the much anticipated return of Music Director James Levine leading the orchestra on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Maestro Levine is set to conduct the prelude to Act I of Wagner’sLohengrin; Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “Great”; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, with pianist Evgeny Kissin. Maestro Levine last performed at Carnegie Hall with the MET Orchestra on Sunday, April 10, 2011 with Mr. Kissin. Photos from that concert may be downloadedhere.

Since his June 5, 1971, debut at The Metropolitan Opera with Tosca, Music Director James Levinehas developed a relationship with the company that is unparalleled in its history and unique in the musical world today. He conducted the first-ever Met performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Verdi’s I Vespri SicilianiI Lombardi and Stiffelio, Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Schoenberg’s Erwartung andMoses und Aron, Berg’s Lulu, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, as well as the world premieres of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. All told, he has led nearly 2,500 performances of 85 different operas at the Met. Maestro Levine inaugurated the “Metropolitan Opera Presents” television series for PBS in 1977, founded The Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 1980, and returned Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen to the repertoire in 1989 (in the first integral cycles in over 35 years there). Expanding on that tradition, he and the MET Orchestra began touring in concert in 1991, and since then have performed around the world as well as in its own subscription series at Carnegie Hall.

In the 2013–2014 Metropolitan Opera season, Maestro Levine, who has conducted more performances at the Met than any conductor in the company’s 129-year history, is scheduled to lead three operas at the Met, including a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff and revivals of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Berg’s Wozzeck. He will also conduct all three Carnegie Hall concerts by the MET Orchestra beginning on October 13 with the overture from Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, Elliott Carter’s “Variations for Orchestra”, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, and selections from Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arcoand Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. On December 22, Maestro Levine conducts an all-Mahler program with the composer’s first song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer), featuring baritone Peter Mattei, and Symphony No. 7. The final concert of the orchestra’s season on May 11 is an all-Dvořák program, including the Carnival Overture, Symphony No. 7 in D minor; and Cello Concerto in B minor, featuring soloist Lynn Harrell.

Program Information 
Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The MET Orchestra

James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Evgeny Kissin, Piano

RICHARD WAGNER Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, “Great”

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Comments

  1. harold braun says:

    HOOOOOOORAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Elizabeth S. says:

    I understand your excitement, if you just heard about it now, but I do not understand why this can be run as a “just-in” news. This was set and publicized way more than an year ago. Besides this was sold out almost immediately.

  3. PK Miller says:

    This is terrific news! So glad to have Maestro Levine “back in the saddle again!” But Jimmy has to learn to take care of himself–I understand he’s a brother diabetic–and pace himself. We’re the same age & we’re not kids anymore!

  4. Daniel Farber says:

    This is not exactly brand new news. I forget exactly when this performance was originally announced, but it certainly goes back to the late months of 2012. At that time we learned that “Maestro Levine” was no longer able to walk and would conduct from a motorized cart; that the Met was installing an elevator to the podium in both Carnegie Hall and the Met pit; that he would next year be conducting the three operas listed in the current press release, and that the music director was in the best upper body shape of his adult life (or something like that). In any event, the concert was a sell-out within a few days. Despite the various “triumphs” of Luisi and Gatti, Levine has been sorely missed in the Met pit. Having one of the truly great conductors of the world back in action should bring cheer to the heart of any well-meaning music enthusiast.

    • This was not “confirmed” until just a month or two ago, when Levine was interviewed during one of the Met broadcast intermissions. Most remained skeptical, however. I don’t wonder that the Met felt the need for a final confirmation. Although, I suppose the final confirmation will happen on May 19.

      I am thrilled for Maestro Levine and the Met. He has been greatly missed in the pit, as others have said.

  5. Malcolm James says:

    Although this date was set well in advance, I imagine that people weren’t holding their breath that it would actually happen. Now that we are only a month away, presumably the consensus view is that it probably will.

    • Daniel Farber says:

      The fact that the concert sold out completely in just a few days after the original announcement suggests that the public “bought in” immediately and WERE holding their collective breath: Would he fall out of his motorized cart? Would he fall INTO his motorized cart? Would he strain his shoulder doing rehab? In other words, would the ticket buyer, burned many times by the awful luck that had befallen Levine for half a decade, be burned once more? While it doesn’t begin until it begins (as Yogi Berra might have said), the signs are looking good.

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