James Levine

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James Levine

American conductor and pianist add

Category: Music

Born in 1943.

Countries: United States (28%), Italy (14%), (12%)

Main connections: Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Linked to: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Globe, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

 

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James Levine was born in 1943 add something


1956

In 1956 he took piano lessons with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music School, Vermont add something


1961

After graduating from Walnut Hills High School, the acclaimed magnet school in Cincinnati, he entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York City in 1961, and took courses in conducting with Jean Morel add something


1964

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - He graduated from the Juilliard School in 1964 and joined the American Conductors project connected with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra add something

 

From 1964 to 1965, Levine served as an apprentice to George Szell with the Cleveland Orchestra and served as assistant conductor until 1970 add something


1971

Metropolitan Opera - Levine's first performance conducting the Metropolitan Opera was on June 5, 1971, and, as of May 2011, he had conducted 2,442 Met performances, a record add something


1972

Boston Symphony Orchestra - Levine first conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April 1972 add something


1973

His success led to further appearances and to his appointment as its principal conductor in 1973 add something


1974

Kathleen Battle - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Thomas Schippers introduced Kathleen Battle to his fellow conductor James Levine who selected Battle to sing the "Mater Gloriosa" in Mahler's Symphony No. 8 at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's May Festival in 1974


1975

Salzburg Festival - Since 1975 he has conducted regularly at the Salzburg Festival and the annual July Verbier Festival add something

 

Neil Shicoff - His professional debut as a tenor lead in a big opera house was in the title role in Verdi's "Ernani", conducted by James Levine in Cincinnati in 1975


1976

Ariadne auf Naxos - The opera is a favorite of the Met's music director James Levine, who has conducted it a total of 44 times from 1976 to 2003


1977

Beverly Wolff - Ravinia Festival - In 1977 she sang the part of the Wood Dove in Arnold Schoenberg's "Gurre-Lieder" at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of James Levine


1978

Christian Boesch - Salzburg Festival - It was in 1978 when Boesch came to prominence, as Papageno in "Die Zauberflöte", at the Salzburg Festival, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's production, conducted by James Levine

 

Patricia Craig - Metropolitan Opera - She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1978 as Marenka in "The Bartered Bride", under James Levine, in John Dexter's production


1980

Siegfried Jerusalem - Jerusalem performs in a series of audio and video recordings of Wagner operas conducted by James Levine at the Met, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez at Bayreuth, and others made in the 1980s and 1990s


1981

Itzhak Perlman - Although he has never been billed or marketed as a singer, he sang the role of "Un carceriere" on a 1981 EMI recording of Puccini's "Tosca" that featured Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Renato Bruson, with James Levine conducting


1983

In 1983, he served as conductor and musical director for the Franco Zeffirelli screen adaptation of "La Traviata", which featured the Met orchestra and chorus members add something

 

Elisabeth Soderstrom - In 1983 under the baton of James Levine, she sang the final trio from Strauss's" Rosenkavalier" with Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade at the Metropolitan's Centennial Gala

 

Ferruccio Furlanetto - On DVD, Furlanetto can be seen as the Grand Inquisiteur in Verdi's "Don Carlos", in a production conducted by James Levine and staged by John Dexter, from the Met, in 1983

 

Kirk Redmann - Metropolitan Opera - On December 24, 1983, three days before his twenty-second birthday, Redmann became the youngest tenor to debut with the Metropolitan Opera, as the Sailor in the Christmas Eve broadcast of "Tristan und Isolde", conducted by James Levine


1984

Aprile Millo - Metropolitan Opera - On December 3, 1984, Millo made her Metropolitan Opera debut in dramatic fashion replacing an ailing soprano as Amelia in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" with James Levine on the podium


1985

Wolfgang Neumann - Metropolitan Opera - In 1985, Neumann recorded the role of Jim Mahoney in "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny" , and, in 1998, made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of "Siegfried", with Sir Donald McIntyre, and James Levine conducting


1986

He became the company's first artistic director in 1986, and relinquished the title in 2004 add something


1988

Leona Mitchell - Metropolitan Opera - In 1988 Leona Mitchell performed the role of Liù in "Turandot" at the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of James Levine to rave reviews

 

Anna Tomowa-Sintow - Her recording of "Ariadne auf Naxos" with James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic won the 1988 Grammy *award for Best Opera Recording

 

Theo Adam - After a sixteen year absence, Adam returned to the Met for the last time in March 1988 to portray Wotan in "Die Walküre" with Peter Hofmann as Siegmund, Sabine Hass as Sieglinde, and conductor James Levine


1989

Andrea Gruber - In the 1989-1990 season, while still a member of the Met's young artist program, Gruber made her professional debut at the Ravinia Festival in a performance of the Verdi's "Requiem" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine

 

Peter Sliker - His final and 509th Met appearance was as Guccio in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" on December 16, 1989 with Bruno Pola in the title role, Hei-Kyung Hong as Lauretta, and James Levine conducting


1990

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - In 1990, at the request of Roy E. Disney, he arranged the music and conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the soundtrack of "Fantasia 2000", released by Walt Disney Pictures add something

 

Dieter Dorn - Bayreuth Festival - At the Bayreuth Festival, he staged "Der Fliegende Holländer" in 1990, and at the Metropolitan Opera "Tristan und Isolde" in 1999, conducted by James Levine

 

Siegfried Jerusalem - In 1990 he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine, singing both Siegfrieds, as well as the difficult role of Loge

 

Kathleen Battle - In 1990, Battle and Jessye Norman performed a program of spirituals at Carnegie Hall with James Levine conducting


1991

Victoria Livengood - She made her stage debut there in 1991 as Laura in Luisa Miller conducted by James Levine


1992

Waltraud Meier - In 1992, she appeared for the first time as Kundry at the Metropolitan Opera, opposite Siegfried Jerusalem as Parsifal, with James Levine conducting


1993

Levine held the position until 1993, and made numerous recordings with the orchestra, including the symphonies and German Requiem of Johannes Brahms, and major works of Gershwin, Holst, Berg, Beethoven, Mozart, and others add something


1994

Tatiana Troyanos - In 1994, the Metropolitan Opera performed a concert in memory of Troyanos; in his printed eulogy, Music Director James Levine wrote, "The idea that we are gathered here


1995

Philip Booth (bass) - His final performance at the Met was on December 21, 1995 as Schwarz in Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" with Bernd Weikl as Hans Sachs, Karita Mattila as Eva, Ben Heppner as Walther von Stolzing, and James Levine conducting


1996

Carlo Bergonzi - Metropolitan Opera - In 1996, Bergonzi participated in conductor James Levine's 25th anniversary gala at the Metropolitan Opera


 

In 1997, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts add something

 

Florence Quivar - Her 101st and last performance at the Met was in a concert performance of Verdi's "Requiem" in 1997 where she sang the mezzo soprano solos under the baton of James Levine


1998

Danielle de Niese - Metropolitan Opera - She became the youngest singer ever to participate in the Young Artists Studio at the Metropolitan Opera, where she debuted in 1998 at the age of 19 as Barbarina in a new production of "Le nozze di Figaro" directed by Jonathan Miller and conducted by James Levine


1999

From 1999 to 2004 he was chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, and was credited with improving the quality of instrumental ensemble during his tenure add something

 

Alexandru Agache - Metropolitan Opera - In 1999, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Simon Boccanegra with Karita Mattila as Amelia, Plácido Domingo as Adorno, and James Levine conducting

 

Kathleen Battle - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - December 1999 saw the release of "Fantasia 2000" where she is the featured soprano in Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducted by long-time collaborator James Levine


2000

Verbier Festival - Levine was conductor of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, the student resident orchestra at the annual summer music festival in Verbier, Switzerland, from 2000 through 2006 add something

 

Levine was featured in the animated Disney film "Fantasia 2000" add something

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Music performed by the Orchestra has been heard in movies, including "Casino" conducted by Sir Georg Solti and "Fantasia 2000" conducted by James Levine


2001

"The Wall Street Journal", November 5, 2001 add something


2003

Benvenuto Cellini (opera) - Metropolitan Opera - The first performance of the work at the Metropolitan Opera took place on December 4, 2003, with James Levine conducting and stage, Andrei ?erban directing, and Marcello Giordani singing the title role


2004

Ildar Abdrazakov - Metropolitan Opera - Abdrazakov made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004 in "Don Giovanni" under James Levine and has since appeared there regularly

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra - In 2004, James Levine became the first American-born music director of the BSO. Levine received critical praise for revitalizing the quality and repertoire since the beginning of his tenure, including championing contemporary composers


2005

A 2005 article reported that Levine had attended two out of 16 auditions during his tenure up to that time add something

 

Another 2005 report stated that during Levine's first season as music director, the greater workload from the demands of playing more unfamiliar and contemporary music has increased physical stress with some of the BSO musicians add something

 

"The Boston Globe", September 4, 2005 add something

 

"The Boston Globe", September 25, 2005 add something

 

Evgeny Kissin - A duo recital with James Levine of works by Schubert was recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and released in 2006

 

Mirella Freni - In 2005, the Metropolitan Opera celebrated the 40th anniversary of her Met debut and her 50th anniversary on the stage with a special gala concert conducted by James Levine

 

Peter Lieberson - The Boston Symphony performed the work in November 2005 with Hunt Lieberson as soloist and James Levine conducting, followed by performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Robert Spano conducting


2006

He had been experiencing ongoing health problems, starting with an onstage fall in 2006 that resulted in a torn rotator cuff and started discussion of how much longer Levine's tenure with the BSO would be add something

 

"New York", January 16, 2006 add something

 

On March 1, 2006, Levine tripped and fell onstage during a standing ovation after a performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, leaving the remaining subscription concerts in Boston to his assistant conductor at the time, Jens Georg Bachmann add something

 

"The Boston Globe", March 31, 2006 add something

 

He returned to the podium on July 7, 2006, leading the BSO at Tanglewood add something


2008

Levine withdrew from the majority of the Tanglewood 2008 summer season, because of surgery required to remove a kidney with a malignant cyst add something

 

He returned to the podium in Boston on September 24, 2008, leading the BSO's season opening concert at Symphony Hall add something

 

Elliott Carter - Carter was again in attendance in Carnegie Hall, on the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2008, when the orchestra, now under James Levine, again performed the Stravinsky piece as part of its tribute to Carter

 

Elliott Carter - Symphony Hall, Boston - "Interventions for Piano and Orchestra" received its premiere on December 5, 2008, by the BSO, conducted by James Levine and featuring pianist Daniel Barenboim at Symphony Hall, Boston


2009

On September 29, 2009, it was announced that Levine would undergo emergency back surgery for a herniated disk add something

 

Ryan McAdams - Tanglewood Music Festival - In the summer of 2009, he was one of three Conducting Fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he studied with conductors James Levine and Stefan Asbury


2010

Levine has been absent from the Met since April, 2010 due to problems with ill health add something

 

Levine returned to conducting duties at the Met and the BSO at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, but in February 2011 he cancelled his Boston engagements for the rest of the season, including the Tanglewood summer festival add something

 

In March 2010, the BSO announced that Levine would miss the remainder of the Boston Symphony season because of back pain add something

 

In April 2010, in the wake of Levine's continuing health problems, it emerged that Levine had not officially signed a contract extension, so that Levine was the BSO's music director without a signed contract add something

 

The Metropolitan Opera announced, on April 4, 2010, that Levine was withdrawing from the remainder of his scheduled performances for the season add something

 

Elliott Carter - The US premiere of the Flute Concerto took place on February 4, 2010, with soloist Elizabeth Rowe and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine

 

The Ghosts of Versailles - This recording was re-released on DVD on September 21, 2010, as part of the James Levine 40th anniversary DVD box set

 

Anna Netrebko - On 13 November 2010 in a matinee performance broadcast nationally by PBS, she sang the role of Norina in "Don Pasquale" at New York's Metropolitan Opera House under conductor James Levine


2011

In September, after falling and injuring his back while on vacation in Vermont, it was announced that he would not conduct at the Met at least for the rest of 2011, and that Fabio Luisi would step up to the role of principal conductor add something

 

On March 2, 2011, the BSO announced that Levine would step down from his post as Music Director in September 2011, after the Orchestra's Tanglewood season add something

 

Since May 2011 he has been on hiatus from that position due to multiple health problems add something

 

These cancellations were followed by the announcement that Levine would officially resign from his post as Music Director on September 1, 2011 add something

 

Fabio Luisi - He was elevated to the post of Principal Conductor in September 2011, when Music Director James Levine withdrew from his scheduled fall 2011 performances


2012

However, he announced in October, 2012 that his recovery has enabled him to return to the podium to lead the Met's orchestra in a May 19, 2013 concert at Carnegie Hall and to conduct three productions at the opera house in the 2013-14 season add something


2013

In December, he ruled himself out of performing again before the fall of 2013 add something

 

Metropolitan Opera - After two years of surgery and physical therapy Levine returned to conducting for the first time on May 19, 2013, in a concert with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall add something

 

However, he returned to the podium to lead the Met's orchestra in a May 19, 2013 concert at Carnegie Hall add something

 

Metropolitan Opera - Levine finally returned to the Met on 24 September 2013 and took up his baton to conduct performances of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte The same type of platform was present in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra pit for his September 2013 return performance add something

 

On 25 September 2013, Levine conducted his first Metropolitan Opera performance since May 2011, in a revival production of "Così fan tutte" add something


2014

Nimrod David Pfeffer - The Metropolitan Opera - He made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2014, sharing the podium with James Levine in a Gala performance of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the DiMenna Center in New York


2015

Metropolitan Opera - He will be stepping down as the Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera at the end of the 2015-2016 season add something


2016

On April 14th, 2016, it was announced that Levine would be stepping down from his position as Music Director at the end of the 2015-2016 season add something

 

On April 14, 2016, it was announced that Levine would be stepping down from his position as Music Director at the end of the 2015-2016 season add something

 

Furthermore, the Met, including its General Manager Peter Gelb who was contacted directly by a police detective about the allegations in October 2016, had been aware of the third accuser's abuse allegations since they were made in the 2016 police report and the attendant police investigation, but did not suspend Levine or launch an investigation until over a year later in December 2017 add something

 

Yannick Nezet-Seguin - Metropolitan Opera - In June 2016 he was named Music Director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, following the retirement of James Levine, beginning in 2020

 

Yannick Nezet-Seguin - On 2 June 2016, it was announced that he would succeed James Levine as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera

 

Peter Gelb - Gelb was contacted directly by a police detective in October 2016 about allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by Met conductor James Levine, had been aware of the accuser's abuse allegations since they were made in a 2016 police report and of the attendant police investigation, but did not suspend Levine or launch an investigation until over a year later


2017

Metropolitan Opera - In response to the December 2017 news article, the New York Metropolitan Opera announced that it would investigate Levine with regard to the sexual abuse allegations that date back to the 1980s that were set forth in the 2016 police report add something

 

He assumed the new title of music director emeritus, which he held until December 2017, when in the wake of allegations that Levine had sexually abused four young men, the Met suspended their relationship with him add something

 

Ravinia Festival - On December 4, 2017, the Ravinia Festival severed all ties with Levine add something

 

However, following the publication in early December 2017 of front page stories in "The New York Times" reporting that four men had come forward with allegations that Levine repeatedly sexually abused them over periods of years in the 1960s through 1990s beginning while they were teenage music students of his, Levine was suspended by the Met from that post on December 4, 2017, and all of his scheduled engagements with the company were cancelled add something

 

On December 21, 2017, four women accused Royal Philharmonic conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual assault, saying said they felt comfortable speaking up after Levine was suspended after allegations against him were made public add something


2018

The Juilliard School, where Levine had studied, replaced him in a February 2018 performance where he was scheduled to lead the Juilliard Orchestra and singers from the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program add something

 

Following an investigation that ended in March 2018, having "found credible evidence", the Met terminated its relationship with Levine, for "sexually abusive and harassing conduct" add something

 

He was formally terminated by the Met from all his positions and affiliations with the company on March 12, 2018 over sexual assault allegations which he denies add something

 

On March 12, 2018, The Met announced that it has fired Levine; its investigation found Levine had "engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers" add something

 

Ildar Abdrazakov - He has collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Gianandrea_Noseda, Bertrand de Billy, Riccardo Frizza, Riccardo Chailly, and Antonio Pappano. Has interpreted the title character in Verdi's Attila at the opening of the season 2018/2019 of the Teatro alla Scala, under the diection of Riccardo Chailly and with David Livermore as stage director