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This week in classical music:
- Smackdown: The Vienna State Opera's Franz Welser-Most is so critical of stage director Jean-Louis Martinoty's two recent Mozart productions that a planned third has been cancelled, reports Intermezzo.
- Levine Departure: Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, discusses the real reasons behind James Levine's recent departure in an interview with Tom Service.
- New York magazine's Justin Davidson takes things a step further by bluntly calling for Levine to resign from his position at the Metropolitan Opera as well. Blogger Lee Rosenbaum calls the suggestion premature.
- Conductors Available: The Met is a helpful resource to nearby orchestras during last-minute conductor crises, says David Patrick Stearns.
- A photo has surfaced in Poland that appears to depict Frederic Chopin on his deathbed.
- Conductor Valery Gergiev, heavily booked on both sides of the Atlantic, is taking some unexpected time off to rest in St. Petersburg, canceling some of his Boris Godunov appearances in New York.
- Ten years ago, the Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden was nearly bankrupt — but now ticket lines are around the block. Ruaridh Nicoll looks at what they've done right.
- New York City's Orchestra Of St Luke's, long accustomed to playing in dingy basements, has a welcoming new rehearsal space any musician would envy.
- The Mercury Opera, Western New York's only professional opera company, has gone down — the company ceased operations this week due to shaky finances.