James Levine

The Met in New York has announced that its Music Director James Levine, 72, will retire at the end of the current season. The Metropolitan Opera has been James Levine’s house since 1976, and he has conducted 2,551 performances so far. Now, after years of withdrawals and returns, the end of an era is finally here: weakened by Parkinson’s and a string of back problems, Levine will officially become Emeritus. He has withdrawn from next season’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier, but he is still scheduled to conduct Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Verdi’s Nabucco and Mozart’s Idomeneo in 2016–17.

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