Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Surgery For James Levine

James Levine will undergo immediate surgery for a herniated disc, his agent announced today, forcing him to cancel upcoming dates with the Metropolitan Opera and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He will spend the fall recuperating, the BSO said.

Surgery For James Levine

James Levine will undergo immediate surgery for a herniated disc, his agent announced today, forcing him to cancel upcoming dates with the Metropolitan Opera and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He will spend the fall recuperating, the BSO said.

So far, Levine has withdrawn from BSO concerts in Boston Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, and from Carnegie Hall’s opening night Oct. 1. Levine has also withdrawn from Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera Oct. 6 and 10.

In Boston, conducting duties will be split by assistant conductors Julian Kuerti and Shi-Yeon Sung. No announcement yet about a sub at Carnegie.

For the Met concerts, Joseph Colaneri will take over Tosca. No word on a conductor for Der Rosenkavalier.

Levine’s doctors expect him to recover in time to conduct the new production on Dec. 3 of Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

The conductor missed several weeks' work in 2008 when a kidney was removed after the discovery of a cyst.

 

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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