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Salonen, a conductor in demand, eyes more time to compose

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

As one of the leading lights in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen is in an enviable position where he can pick and choose at will. The 57-year-old Finn is in New York conducting the Metropolitan Opera's triumphant production...Show More Summary

Met Opera Announces Some Replacements for Levine

With James Levine suffering health problems, the Metropolitan Opera names David Robertson and Sebastian Weigle as replacements for some performances.

Met Opera’s Credit Rating Stabilizes

“The Metropolitan Opera, which has been cutting costs in recent years to address its serious fiscal challenges, got a measure of good news on Wednesday when Standard & Poor’s affirmed the company’s ‘A’ credit rating and revised its outlook to stable from negative.”

Long banned from the Met, Marian will appear on the US $5 bill

It has been announced that the contralto Marian Anderson, racially barred from US opera stages until she was 57 years old, will appear on US banknotes. Anderson sang Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera at the Metropolitan Opera on January 5, 1955, the only stage role of her noble public life. She lived on until 1993, playing […]

Long-time Met Opera music director James Levine to retire

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Conductor James Levine, who led the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years as its music director, will retire at the end of the current season for health reasons, the company announced Thursday. The 72-year-old Levine, who has conducted more...Show More Summary

The Met Guild wields axe at Opera News

Brian Kellow, the magazine’s veteran features editor and Diane Silberstein, recently appointed publisher, have been laid off by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, effective immediately. The reasons given are cost cutting. The dismissals came two days after the annual Opera News awards gala. Peter Gelb has long resented the magazine’s moderate critical voice.

Critic's Notebook: A Capstone, Not an End, to James Levine’s Career

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Mr. Levine, in stepping aside as the Metropolitan Opera’s music director and taking the title of music director emeritus, still has much to contribute.

Together again for the first time

I have a peculiar pair of items on the New Yorker website: a Cultural Comment on the most recent lawsuit against Led Zeppelin; and a briefer note about the retirement of James Levine from the Metropolitan Opera, announced today. A.....

Official: The Met calls time on James Levine

Here’s the version given to house mouthpiece Opera News: The Metropolitan Opera  announced today that James Levine, the company’s music director since 1976, will retire at the end of the company’s current season for health reasons. Capping an historic, forty-year tenure, Levine will assume the new position of Music Director Emeritus next season, the company announced, […]

Breaking: James Levine is removed

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that its music director will retire at the end of the season. Levine, 72, has held the post since 1976. In recent years he has been confined to a wheelchair and his beat has been affected by a tremor. There would be speculation on premiere days whether he was fit […]

The Metropolitan Opera’s James Levine to Retire

The Metropolitan Opera has been James Levine’s house for so long that it’s hard to know which group is smaller: those who remember the Met before Jimmy, or those who can imagine it without him. He made his debut before Watergate and became music director just as Jimmy Carter was... More »

Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera announce top resignations on same day

2 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

The timing was undeniably strange, given how closely the two organizations work. The speculation has already started flying. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Opera both announced top resignations Thursday. In an unexpected move, Jed Bernstein, who has served as president...

James Levine’s Accomplishment at the Met

No one who follows classical music can have been remotely surprised by the announcement that came in from the Metropolitan Opera earlier today: James Levine, who has been the dominant artistic presence at the company for forty years, will retire as music director at the end of the current season. Show More Summary

James Levine to retire as Met Opera music director after 40 years

James Levine will retire as the Metropolitan Opera's music director at the end of the season because of Parkinson's disease, ending a 40-year run that lifted the company to a golden era but became... To view the full story, click the title link.

Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera announce top resignations on same day

The timing was undeniably strange, given how closely the two organizations work. The speculation has already started flying. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Opera both announced top resignations Thursday. In an unexpected move, Jed Bernstein, who has served as president...

It's About Time.

I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you, by this Metropolitan Opera press release: Legendary Maestro James Levine to Retire as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera at the End of the Current Season; Will Become The Company’s First MusicShow More Summary

Ailyn Pérez Wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“A rising lyric soprano who won the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, Ms. Pérez, 36, … [has won the annual] $50,000 prize to help foster the careers of young singers who have appeared in solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera.”

The Met’s new Musetta wins $50,000

The Metropolitan Opera’s 11th Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, worth 50 grand, has been given to soprano Ailyn Perez, who sings her first Bohème Musettas there this month.     Previous winners include Joyce DiDonato, Bryan Hymel and Michael Fabiano. Ailyn, 36, is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She said: ‘For me and so many others, Beverly […]

A Word from Winston

If you’d like a break from the hurly-burly of politics, try a couple of music reviews. Here is one of Roberto Devereux at the Metropolitan Opera. It concentrates on the phenomenal soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Here is one of Simon Boccanegra, also at the Met. Show More Summary

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