James Levine To Undergo Surgery

James Levine is having surgery this week to remove a kidney. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director will withdraw from the balance of the 2008 Tanglewood season.

"Because of a cyst causing pressure and discomfort, Levine will undergo surgery this week to have a kidney removed," says a BSO press release. "The procedure has been described by Levine's doctors as curative, with no other treatment necessary and with every expectation for a complete recovery. The anticipated recuperation period is six weeks - leaving ample time to prepare and conduct the season openings of the BSO and the Metropolitan Opera in September."

Soon to be announced are the guest conductors taking Levine's Tanglewood dates.