Levine Withdraws From Fall Performances

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James Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has pulled out of all fall engagements in order to recover from unanticipated surgery to repair a herniated disc. Replacements are being announced.


Joseph Colaneri will conduct all performances of the Met's Tosca, with Edo de Waart taking over at the mid-October Der Rosenkavalier.

Daniele Gatti will step in, manning the Carnegie Hall podium at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night Gala on Oct. 1. Beethoven's Coriolan Overture replaces Berlioz's Le Carnaval romain on the program. The remainder of the evening's repertoire will remain unchanged and will include the New York premiere of John Williams' On Willow and Birches for harp and orchestra with BSO principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot as featured soloist; Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor with Evgeny Kissin; and Debussy's La mer.

Levine's doctors expect him to recover in time to conduct the Met's new production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann which opens Dec. 3. In addition to six performances of the Offenbach work, he will return to the Met podium later in the season for Simon Boccanegra and Lulu. He is also scheduled to lead the Met Orchestra in Carnegie Hall performances in December and January.

Visit the Metropolitan Opera and Boston Symphony Orchestra for updates.

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