The Metropolitan Opera is cutting ticket prices by an average of about 10 percent next season, when music director James Levine returns from a spine injury that led to a two-year absence.
James Levine plans to return to the podium at the Metropolitan Opera in May following a two-year absence, conducting from a wheelchair following a fall last year that left him partially paralyzed.
The Metropolitan Opera has abandoned a new production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" by director Luc Bondy, whose grim version of Puccini's "Tosca" provoked intense booing when it opened the 2009-10 season. In its place, the company will present a far more radical reinterpretation that relocates the action to Ratpack-era Las Vegas of 1960.
James Levine has canceled conducting the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Wagner's "Goetterdaemmerung" and is in danger of missing an entire season at the company for the first time since he made his debut in 1971.
It has been more than a half-century since the Metropolitan Opera debuted a successful staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni." The wait continues.
Rome's Teatro dell'Opera says Fabio Luisi's last-minute bolting from his engagement to conduct "Elektra" so he could conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera hurts the world of lyric opera. The Italian capital's opera house says it is considering taking legal action.
Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine has canceled his fall conducting engagements after reinjuring his back, and Italian conductor Fabio Luisi has been named principal conductor.
Recurring back pain will cause conductor James Levine to miss the Metropolitan Opera's tour of Japan, including a performance of Verdi's "Don Carlo" on June 5 that was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his company debut.
"James Levine: 40 Years at The Metropolitan Opera" (Amadeus Press), by the Metropolitan Opera: There are few surprises or fresh insights but plenty of nostalgia in this softcover coffee-table book that celebrates James Levine's extraordinary career at the Metropolitan Opera.
American composer Peter Lieberson, who wrote his most inspired songs for his great love, the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, has died at age 64.