Preparing for Surgery, Levine Plans a New Focus on Health

Classic Arts News   Preparing for Surgery, Levine Plans a New Focus on Health
James Levine plans to use his time off this spring to make permanent changes in his health, the injured conductor said yesterday in interviews with the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

Levine, the music director of the Boston Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera, tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder when he fell leaving the stage after a BSO concert in March 1. He will undergo surgery in New York on March 20, and will miss the remainder of the Met season.

"This accident brings me an unexpected opportunity to make adjustments to my overall healthcare in a period when I don't have to conduct," he told the Globe. "I'm taking about my chronic stuff, like the sciatica, but also about diet and exercise."

"I'm going to do what the [physical] therapist tell me to do," he told the Times. "I want to be in a different kind of physical resilience."

Levine, 62, is overweight and has conducted sitting down for several years because of his health problems.

In the future, Levine added, he will try to arrange his schedule to allow for short breaks, rather than working himself into exhaustion.

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