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James Levine

(b. 1943)


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(b Cincinnati, 1943).

Amer. conductor and pianist. Solo pianist with Cincinnatti SO at age of 10. Ass. cond. to Szell, Cleveland Orch., 1964–70. NY Met début 1971 (Tosca), becoming prin. cond. 1973, mus. dir. 1975, and art. dir. 1986. Cond. Munich PO 1999–2004. Mus. dir. Boston SO from 2004. Cond. Met premières of I Vespri Siciliani (1974), Lulu (1977), Idomeneo (1982), and Porgy and Bess (1985). Brit. début Llandudno (WNO) 1970; Salzburg Fest. début 1975 (concert), opera 1976; Bayreuth début 1982. Cond. Ring at NY Met 1989 and Bayreuth 1994.

Subjects: Music.


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