Monday, March 21, 2011

On the Advice of His Doctors...

...and in what must be the least surprising cast-change advisory coming from the Met, James Levine is turning over all performances of Il Trovatore to Marco Armiliato and, more surprisingly, he is giving up the March 30 and April 2 performances of Das Rheingold, which  Fabio Luisi will conduct.

Levine is still scheduled to take all performances of Wozzeck and Die Walkuere, as well as a pair of concerts by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Any bets on how many he'll actually conduct?

Update (10:47 a.m.): Read La Cieca's take on this.


John Marcher said...

I really don't understand at all how Armiliato gets so many gigs at the Met, or anywhere else for that matter. When I see his name attached to any production my initial response is "pass." It's almost a guarantee of flaccid tempos and a sloppy evening of music.

nobleviola said...

Well, a friend of mine was on a plane with him on the way to St. Maartens, so I doubt he's planning on conducting much!

Lisa Hirsch said...

Re Armiliato, yeah. His Tosca here a couple of seasons back was totally slack.