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“I’m working on all kinds of things to make my muscles be ready as the nerves return, and so far it’s working very well,” he said. “It’s very slow and it’s very difficult, but it’s also very exciting because you get these great breakthroughs”.

The Met didn’t present any Wagner operas in 1917-18 and 1918-19 during U.S. involvement in World War I, the only seasons until now without the composer since the company began in 1883. The company did not present any staged operas in 1892-93 and 1897-98.

In the second half of a year marking the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, the Met originally planned a revival of “Parsifal” for next season but changed it to “Wozzeck” to accommodate Levine’s comeback.

“There’s a tremendous amount of Wagner in our future plan,” Levine said.

The season opens Sept. 23 with conductor Valery Gergiev leading “Eugene Onegin,” in a Deborah Warner production that opened at the English National Opera in November 2011. Anna Netrebko sings Tatiana in her third consecutive Met opening night.

“Two Boys” has its U.S. premiere Oct. 21 in a revised version of the Bartlett Sher staging that opened at the ENO in June 2011. The Met co-commission is a fictionalized account of a British teenager who used the Internet in an attempt to arrange his own murder in 2003.

Looking to future seasons. the Met has joined with the Royal Opera and the Salzburg Festival to commission Thomas Ades’ “The Exterminating Angel,” based on the Luis Bunuel film. It will premiere at Salzburg in 2015, go to London in the spring of 2017 and open at the Met that fall.

The Met’s joint commissioning program with Lincoln Center Theater will conduct a workshop this spring of Scott Wheeler’s “The Sorrows of Frederick,” with a libretto by the late Romulus Linney based on his 1960s play.

Ricky Ian Gordon is composing “Intimate Apparel,” with Lynn Nottage adapting her 2003 play about an African-American seamstress in 1905 New York, and composer Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner are working to expand “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck,” their one-act opera based on Eugene and Carlotta O’Neill that opened at Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Opera in August 2011.

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