Tag Archives: James Levine

The End of Right Thinking

Last night Verdi’s Macbeth was performed at the Met without Placido Domingo in the title role as originally scheduled. Domingo is the latest casualty in the ongoing culture war against naughty or really bad behavior depending on your vantage point. More about vantage points later. Fifty one years at the Met and the tenor instantly…

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Così Fan Tutte in HD

Mozart’s discourse on infidelity in the guise of an opera was presented as the penultimate broadcast of this season’s HD telecasts from the Met. Much was made by Renée Fleming in her introduction and interviews about how to regard this opera about the inconstancy of women in the 21st century. It seems to me that in today’s…

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More Bad News

According to the New York Times, James Levine has canceled all his performances with the company for the remainder of this year. Mr Levine whose health has been precarious for some time, fell while on vacation in Vermont. The fall injured his already damaged back and required emergency surgery. Most of maestro Levine’s assignments at the New…

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