James Levine to Undergo Surgery for Herniated Spinal Disc
Mr. Ronald Wilford, Chairman of Columbia Artists and James Levine’s manager has announced that Mr. Levine will undergo immediate surgery for a herniated spinal disc. The procedure necessitates withdrawing from his scheduled performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera.
Mr. Levine has withdrawn from performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston on Tuesday, September 29 and Saturday, October 3 and from Carnegie Hall’s opening night performance on Thursday, October 1. Mr. Levine has also withdrawn from performances of Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera on October 6 and 10.
UPDATE From the MET:
Music Director James Levine to Undergo Back Surgery
Other conductors to lead fall performances of Tosca and Der Rosenkavalier
September 29, 2009 (New York, NY) – Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine will have back surgery this week to repair a herniated disc. He has withdrawn from conducting performances this fall in order to recuperate. Joseph Colaneri, who was already scheduled to conduct Tosca on October 3, 14, and 17, will take over Levine’s performances of the Puccini opera on October 6 and 10 matinee. (He already filled in for Levine conducting Tosca on September 24 and 28.)
The conductor for Der Rosenkavalier performances on October 13, 16, and 19 will be announced soon.
Levine’s doctors expect him to recover in time to conduct the new production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann which opens December 3. In addition to six performances of the Offenbach work, he will return to the Met podium later in the season for Simon Boccanegra and Lulu, as well as Der Rosenkavalier in January and Tosca in April. He is also scheduled to lead the Met Orchestra in Carnegie Hall performances in December and January.