I have some friends who are inoperable.
No matter what I’ve tried, they don’t like opera.
What sort of person could they be?!?
In any event, in case you didn’t know, I believe that tomorrow is the very last conducting appearance of James Levine as the Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera. HERE He will conduct Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the matinee. With some seminarians I saw him a couple weeks ago conduct Abduction (Die Entführung aus dem Seminar). Great cast.
You might try to tune in on radio or stream to hear a historical moment. MET Check your local radio stations and also your satellite radio.
End of an era for opera.
Excerpt from the link above:
Levine made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1971, when, at the age of 28, he conducted a performance of Puccini’s Tosca. Less than a year later, he was appointed as the company’s principal conductor, and he became the Met’s music director in 1976. To this day, he had led a total of 2,551 performances with the company—more than twice the number led by any conductor in Met history—of works by thirty-three composers. Levine significantly also expanded the breadth of the Met’s repertoire, conducting the company’s first ever staged performances of Berg’s Lulu; Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; Rossini’s La Cenerentola; Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, Stiffelio, and I Lombardi; Mozart’s Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito; Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Moses und Aron; Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Busoni’s Doktor Faust; and Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, as well as world premieres that included John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby.