Thursday, April 21, 2016

Levine Replacements Announced

When James Levine's retirement was announced the other week, the press release included the information that he would withdraw from the new production of Der Rosenkavalier and the May 22 Met Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall. Now the incoming conductors for those dates are announced:

  • David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the May 22 all-Richard Strauss program, which will feature Renee Fleming.
  • Sebastian Weigle will conduct Der Rosenkavalier, which is likely to be Fleming's last Met appearance.
  • Johan Botha has withdrawn from the May 26 Met Orchestra program on account of illness. Stefan Vinke will sing instead. Levine will still be conducting this program, which also features Christine Goerke. Yes, there will be some Wagner on the program.
  • The Strauss program on May 22 has changed. " The program will now include Don Juan and Also Sprach Zarathustra, replacing the previously announced Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche," says the press release.

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