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Says the Met press office (a propos of nothing much on a quiet Friday afternoon): “Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will conduct the Met’s new production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung which premieres January 27, 2012, and continues on January 31, February 3, 7, and 11 matinee. Luisi will also conduct the MET Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall on January 15, featuring Renée Fleming as soloist. He replaces the Met’s Music Director, James Levine, who is continuing his rehabilitation after a fall last September that necessitated emergency back surgery.”

  • tannengrin

    Fab Fabio to the rescue, once again.

    That reminds me of that blind item that showed up here recently, questioning if his status as ‘heir obvious’ is quite as strong as w’all supposed. Was there ever a true/false on that one?

  • Gualtier M

    So that fall in September and the rehab will take Levine out of action from September, October, November, December and January? Five months recovery from a fall. And he his doctors know two months in advance that he won’t be recovered by December/January. Hmmm…

    • BillyBoy

      It’s not what his doctors positively know in advance…. Rather the opposite.

      The MET and Luisi need to know NOW if JL is certain to be healthy enough to return in January so that schedules can be put in place. Apparently no medical professional finds JL’s recovery to date good enough to allow him to guarantee (as much as a medical professional might) his appearance.

      Thus the announcement at this point. This wasn’t JL’s letting the MET know that things aren’t looking good. This is the MET taking charge for a change at long last.

  • Luisi will probably shave a good 20-30 minutes of the performance time. Think of the savings in overtime costs!

  • oedipe

    Anybody saw/heard Don Giovanni with Louis Langrée conducting? And if so, how was it?

    • mickey

      Dull, man. Also, the orchestra was a little sloppy.

  • dallasuapace

    Post hoc ergo propter hoc?

  • Byrnham Woode

    Please. The fall in September came following back surgery last spring caused by chronic back trouble and previous surgery. The poor man is also recovering from kidney surgery and other illnesses.

    What we learn today is that more pragmatic predictions of his return to work are finally being made. It was absurd to think he could leap into the saddle in January with, of all operas, GOTTERDAMMERUNG. The question now is will there be an announcement regarding his participation in three full Ring Cycles in the spring.

  • chicagokok

    He is not coming back. I have no special knowledge of this. Just seems to be the way it is going.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Hopefully he will, but just in case a lament for you:

      • Andrew Powell

        @QPF: A little éclaircissement, svp.

        • manou

          “Il Ne Revient Pas”, Andrew P. It is not usual to find any connection between QPF’s videos and the topic, but for once this is very clear.

        • another lament for you -- with real spinning wheel music:

          • Quanto Painy Fakor

            Levine is not the type to enjoy spinning, unless it involves lies and broken promises for which he is famous. Maybe looming would be more up his alley.

  • Constantine A. Papas

    Everybody, Met, JL, is in denial. With two spinal operations requiring months of rehab, repeated falls and nephrectomy for cancer, anyone would have been classified as totally disabled by workman’s compensation and SS disability review. Levine’s mind is as sharp as ever, but his body can not meet the physical demands of Met’s MD. Anybody with guts to tell it as it is?

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      I just hope that Jimmy is coping well with his rehab and that he has good caregivers. The dedicated people in such facilities are not always attuned to the sensitivities and sensibilities of a world class musician.

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  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Here’s Dylan to help Jimmy regain his vim and vigor:

  • opera-cake

    1st act of Die Walküre this year was one of the musically brightest moments in J. Levine’s lustrous career. Hope for his quick recovery.