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James Levine

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James Levine

James Levine artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.

October 7, 2013 One of today's preeminent Verdi singers spins deep tracks by the master opera composer.

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James Levine

May 4, 2011 The maestro reflects on his 40-year tenure with the Metropolitan Opera.

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Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot

October 1, 2009 For 40 years, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot has given the Boston Symphony an angelic sound.

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Soprano Hildegard Behrens

August 19, 2009 Hear the dramatic soprano sing her signature roles of Salome and Brunnhilde.

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December 24, 2005 The Boston Symphony's music director may be the finest American conductor since Bernstein.

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Soprano Anna Netrebko (left) with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca

December 18, 2009 Hear today's top classical musicians revisit the music they know and love best.

News

Milan's La Scala on opening night: December 7, 2011.

December 9, 2011 Levine withdraws, instruments made of ice and a fiery response to a frosty first date.

James Levine, conducting the BSO from his chair in this 2007 file photo.

September 26, 2011 Who's going to ascend the podium at one of the world's top orchestras?

Conductor James Levine rehearses the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

September 9, 2011 A new era at the Met, a death in Italy and Chinese lessons in Beijing.

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May 6, 2011 New woes for Levine, a foray into Gaza, and one very expensive violin: the classical news.

James Levine's health issues forced him to resign from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

March 3, 2011 BSO managing director Mark Volpe explains why the brilliant music director is stepping down.

Soprano Hildegard Behrens

August 19, 2009 Hear the dramatic soprano sing her signature roles of Salome and Brunnhilde.

Reviews

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.

November 26, 2013 Live at Carnegie Hall captures a riveting experience with a beloved conductor, James Levine.

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Levine at 40

February 1, 2011 A new box set of James Levine's live performances conducting at the Met proves how vital he is.

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June 11, 2009 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.

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Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage, the final production from the New York City Opera, which closed its doors for good this fall.

December 31, 2013 A beloved conductor made a triumphant return and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass.

Seiji Ozawa and Arthur Fielder, aboard a train during Tanglewood on Parade, 1975.

July 2, 2012 A treasure trove of archival photos from the beloved Berkshires festival.

In a production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House, the title character (baritone Jonathan Summers) reels at the discovery of his dead daughter.

April 11, 2012 Hear why these three composers are still superstars in opera houses worldwide.

 From stratospheric coloraturas to jet-powered Wagnerians, learn to love our highest-flying singers.

November 9, 2011 From stratospheric coloraturas to jet-powered Wagnerians, learn to love our highest-flying singers.

Conductor James Levine, early in his career.

June 2, 2011 Celebrate the famed (and beleaguered) conductor's 40 years at the Met with this interactive puzzler.

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May 29, 2008 William Berger, author of Wagner Without Fear, chooses his favorite Wagner recordings.

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Celebrating 40 Years at the Met

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  • Album: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met
  • Artist: James Levine
  • Released: 2010
 

Verdi: Requiem Mass; Cherubini: Requiem in C minor

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  • Album: Verdi: Requiem Mass; Cherubini: Requiem in C minor
  • Artist: Riccardo Muti
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1995
 

Verdi: Otello [1991 Recording]

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  • Album: Verdi: Otello [1991 Recording]
  • Artist: Luciano Pavarotti
  • Label: London
  • Released: 1991
 

Verdi: Il Trovatore [1957]

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  • Album: Verdi: Il Trovatore [1957]
  • Artist: Maria Callas
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 1993
 

Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani

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  • Album: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
  • Artist: James Levine
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • Released: 1974
 

Verdi: I Due Foscari

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  • Album: Verdi: I Due Foscari
  • Artist: Piero Cappuccilli
  • Label: Philips
  • Released: 2007
 

Ernani

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  • Album: Ernani
  • Artist: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Label: Opera d'oro
 

3 Legendary Tenors: Caruso; Gigli; McCormack

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  • Album: 3 Legendary Tenors: Caruso; Gigli; McCormack
  • Artist: Enrico Caruso
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1996
 

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

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  • Album: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
  • Artist: Plácido Domingo
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2005
 

Verdi: Rigoletto

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  • Album: Verdi: Rigoletto
  • Artist: James Levine
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1998