This tribute to James Levine, first shown on PBS, was only part of that glorious evening. Here we have the whole performance, up to three hours. I could not stop watching these discs. Let me say this much; Levine has done for the Met, making it the premier opera house in the world, what Karajan did with the Berlin, making it one of the finest orchestras ever. So sit back and enjoy.
James Levine's 25th Anniversary Metropolitan Opera Gala.
14. A Tribute To James Levine. DGG 4491772; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica Lirica Recital.
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Some of the best opera singers come together to join hands and sing at the James Levine 25th Anniversay Metropolitan Opera Gala. Featuring singers Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Anne Sofie Von Otter and many more paying tribute to James Levine. Classical, Opera, Vocal. Various Artists - Opera/Vocal. Umgd/deutsche grammophon.
Magazine article Opera Canada. James Levine 25th Anniversary Metropolitan Opera Gala. Magazine article Opera Canada. VARIOUS ARTISTS, METROPOLITAN OPERA CHOrus and Orchestra, James Levine, conductor. DG 440 072 551-1 (2 LVDs/3 sides;161 minutes). When all is said and done, however, Levine's 25th anniversary bash was a mixed, uneven affair. There were, admittedly, a few blazing performances, but there were also many that merely smoldered and others that simply failed to ignite. Fortunately, this new LVD documents some of the more felicitous moments.
James Levine is one of the most influential people in the history of 20th-century opera. The Metropolitan Opera’s maestro has led the company for four decades, essentially making himself the face of the opera house during that time period. The conductor, born on June 23, 1943, is now entering the twilight of his career but remains strong in his endeavors. But the one that will tower about the others is his very own 25th-anniversary gala that saw him conduct for a whopping eight hours. It all started with the overture to Rienzi and ended with with the finale of Die Meistersinger, right before 2 AM. Two World Premieres. Levine’s career at the Met went uninterrupted for quite some time, but health eventually started to limit his engagements, at one point threatening to end his career altogether. He would buck the trend on Sept. 25, 2013, in a performance of Cosi fan tutte, his first since 2011.
James Levine will step down from his post after this season to become music director emeritus. He struggled with health problems and surgeries for years, and missed two full seasons after a serious spinal injury in 2011. Mr. Levine’s effect on Met history can hardly be overstated. He transformed the orchestra from a second-rate pit band to one of the finest in the world; conducted several generations of opera’s leading singers; and helped the Met maintain, and build on, its international reputation. Now his departure raises questions about the immediate future. Several musicians said they were concerned that a long wait for a new leader could leave the company without strong artistic leadership.
Following an internal investigation that found evidence supporting claims of sexual abuse, the Metropolitan Opera dismisses its music director emeritus – who has denied the allegations. Levine was suspended in December 2017 when the allegations were first made public. The 74-year-old conductor, who made his Met debut in 1971, denies the claims. Levine was appointed the company’s music director in 1976, and stepped down two years ago due to ill health, taking the title music director emeritus and heading up the young artists’ programme.
|Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts|
|1||Au fond du temple saint||James Levine||6:12|
|2||Depuis le jour||James Levine||5:56|
|3||Act I: Duet||James Levine||10:01|
|4||Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (from "Giuditta")||James Levine||4:58|
|Don Carlo, opera|
|5||O don fatale!||James Levine||5:00|
|Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527|
|6||Act II: Sextet||James Levine||8:28|
|Roméo et Juliette, opera|
|7||Juliet's Waltz||James Levine||4:11|
|Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503)|
|8||Watch Duet||James Levine||4:41|
|Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts|
|9||Pourquoi me réveiller||James Levine||2:49|
|Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47|
|10||Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix||James Levine||5:57|
|Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70|
|11||Dich, teure Halle||James Levine||3:22|
|La Périchole, operetta in 2 acts|
|12||Ah, quel diner||James Levine||2:11|
|Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227)|
|13||Act III: Trio||James Levine||6:01|
|14||Act III: Trio||James Levine||2:43|
CreditsRoberto Alagna - Tenor (Vocal)
John Bowen - Engineer
Grace Bumbry - Vocals
Ileana Cotrubas - Vocals
Plácido Domingo - Tenor (Vocal)
Cori Ellison - Liner Notes
John Fisher - Executive Producer
Renée Fleming - Soprano (Vocal)
Henry Grossman - Oboe
Jerry Hadley - Vocals
Håkan Hagegård - Baritone (Vocal)
Hei-Kyung Hong - Vocals
Bill King - Engineer
Winnie Klotz - Photography
Alfredo Kraus - Tenor (Vocal)
James Levine - Conductor, Primary Artist
Karita Mattila - Soprano (Vocal)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Orchestra
Heidi Grant Murphy - Soprano (Vocal)
Anne Sofie von Otter - Vocals
Samuel Ramey - Vocals
Julien Robbins - Vocals
Jay David Saks - Producer
Beatriz Schiller - Photography
Ruth Ann Swenson - Vocals
Kiri Te Kanawa - Soprano (Vocal)
Bryn Terfel - Vocals
Arthur Umboh - Photography
Deborah Voigt - Vocals
Frederica Von Stade - Vocals
Dolora Zajick - Vocals