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So far, Levine has withdrawn from BSO concerts in Boston Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, and from Carnegie Hall’s opening night Oct. 1. Levine has also withdrawn from Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera Oct. 6 and 10.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