James Levine

This evening, at Carnegie Hall in New York, James Levine conducts the Met Orchestra. It is his first performance in over two years. On May 14, 2011, the last evening of that season, he conducted Wagner’s ‘Die Walküre’ at the Metropolitan Opera. A serious back injury and new surgery prevented him from getting back on the podium. Tonight’s program comprises the Prelude to Act I of Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’, Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, with Evgeny Kissin, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C. The Met announced hat Levine will conduct from an electric wheelchair. A special podium with a lift for the chair has been built for the conductor.

James Levine is supposed to conduct three productions next season: Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’, Mozart’s ‘Così fan Tutte’ and Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’.

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