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Sizing Up Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Incoming Music Director, in Wagner’s “Parsifal”

Russell Platt writes about Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who will replace James Levine as the music director of the Metropolitan Opera, and his recent interpretations of Wagner's opera “Parsifal.“

James Levine’s home town finds an unexpected replacement

The disgraced ex-Met chief was supposed to conduct Verd’s Requiem at Cincinnati’s May festival. Here’s who they have booked instead. The Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim is just starting to make her mark with US opera houses.

More on Dutoit and Levine

It's been a couple of weeks since the allegations about Charles Dutoit came out. Here are some follow-up articles about him and about James Levine.Dutoit Denies Accusations (AP) Dutoit's comments; apparently he thinks that whatever happened...Show More Summary

James Levine, so far as I could tell, remained a blank.

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The critic and artistic director Joseph Horowitz has some interesting observations on the lack of personality in James Levine’s performances. He writes: James Levine’s high reputation as a musical interpreter has always seemed to me a frustrating mystery. Whether of Verdi or Wagner, his performances evinced no lineage. And his persona, so far as I […]

Mark Swed: The James Levine Story Is Complicated

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Levine has gone from living legend to pariah. NPR has refused to broadcast his performances; movie theaters have canceled holiday screenings of the Met’s “Magic Flute” with Levine conducting. The age-old discussion of whether you can separate art from the artist has once more been ignited. There is something deeply disturbing […]

Lack of surprise about Dutoit and Levine

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Ever since James Levine was first accused of molesting young males, no-one in the opera world has been shocked by the identities disclosed. The same applies to Charles Dutoit, who was accused today by four women of forcing himself on them. Over recent weeks Slipped Disc has received accusations from three women, one of whom […]

On the Met's James Levine, and the age-old debate of separating the art from the artist

James Levine has been a conductor in steady decline. Parkinsonian tremors along with several falls requiring surgery have severely reduced his mobility, and a cancerous kidney had to be removed. During the last decade he was forced to cancel numerous engagements and greatly reduce his once prodigious...

James Levine: The Cami connection

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The former Met music director has only ever had one manager. He was Ronald Wilford, the Machiavelli at the heart of Columbia Artists Management Inc, the world’s largest classical agency. Wilford personally controlled the careers of more than 100 conductors, but one was his idol – Herbert von Karajan – and three were closer to […]

Can the Met be trusted to investigate James Levine?

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

It’s exactly two weeks since the Metropolitan Opera suspended the conductor James Levine and called in its lawyers, Proskauer Rose, to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct dating back almost half a century. Proskauer Rose LLP is a New York corporate law firm with offices in several countries. It represents the board of the Metropolitan Opera in […]

The Met's Complicity In Ignoring James Levine's Abuse Points To Big Problems In The Classical Music World

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Now, Levine will become a convenient scapegoat, and institutions will race to condemn him with prurient finger-wagging, piling on almost gleefully in their eagerness to aver that they will never, ever, not ever work with him again. Meanwhile, orchestras and opera houses and conservatories and choruses all across the country continue to harbor and protect […]

The human cost of the James Levine climate

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Among many testimonies that have been sent to Slipped Disc since the breaking of the James Levine allegations is one from a well-established music administrator. Our contact was on the music staff at the Met as a young man in the 1980s. He was approached one day by the music director, who ‘stuck his hand down […]

Met musicians issue statement on James Levine

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The shock has been such that it has taken the musicians more than a week to respond. Here’s what they say: The allegations against former and long-time Music Director James Levine have left the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra deeply affected. Amidst the anguish felt in the wake of these events, we extend our admiration […]

Munich reflects on its James Levine years

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has issued a statement to local media dissociating itself from James Levine, its music director from 1999 to 2004. The statement calls for a full investigation to be conducted into the several allegations against Levine and asserts that sexual abuse will not be tolerated by the orchestra. Levine has no further […]

Did Leonard Bernstein have a James Levine problem?

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Ever since the first allegations broke against the former music director of the Metropolitan Opera, there has been a rustle of hints, whispers and smears to suggest that James Levine’s alleged conduct resembled that of the great New York Philharmonic conductor Leonard Bernstein. Coming as they do on the eve of Bernstein’s centenary, these assertions […]

How the Met survives James Levine

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The seismic shock of James Levine’s exposure as a male molester has triggered further ripples of speculation as to the future of the Metropolitan Opera. The wildest flight of fantasy has come from the critic Justin Davidson who argues: For decades, the Met was essentially the Levine Company. Its identity was intertwined with his. His taste in […]

A petition to reinstate James Levine

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Serena Leland of New York City thinks the board of the Metropolitan Opera should allow its emeritus music director to return to work. So she has put up a petition. Part of her reasoning: This petition is not asking the Metropolitan Opera to employ Mr. Levine till the end of his life. It is not […]

James Levine Will Not Face Charges In Illinois

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

That's because, law enforcement noted, "the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent."

Orchestra parents warned their sons about James Levine

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

VAN magazine has a thoughtful piece from a writer, Ben Miller, whose father was a cellist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra when James Levine was music director. The artcle is titled ‘On Knowing and not Knowing about James Levine’. Sample: When I was 12 years old and James Levine began his tenure as Music Director […]

James Levine denies, accusers persist

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The former music director of the Metropolitan Opera issued a denial through the New York Times on Thursday of allegations that he abused his power to seduce young men. Levine said: ‘As understandably troubling as the accusations noted in recent press accounts are, they are unfounded. As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I […]

Prosecutors say ‘no charges’ against Levine in sex abuse probe

3 months agoNews : NY Daily News

Illinois prosecutors concluded “no criminal charges can be brought” against longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine.

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