Cher Public

  • Krunoslav: Do people blame you for your medical conditions? 12:50 AM
  • Sanford: No, but we can blame him for being drastically overweight which doesn’t help any of his other medical issues. 12:18 AM
  • antikitschychick: Well said. I can’t help but raise an eyebrow at all my friends’ statuses claiming he was “one of the... 12:17 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Scalia was a master at subverting legal reasoning to serve ideological bias. In that sense, yes, he certainly had his own... 12:10 AM
  • overstimmelated: “he would have needed to be a more disciplined, which is to say realistic, steward of his body earlier in his... 12:06 AM
  • Krunoslav: As one friend wrote: “He had been out shooting poor little quails the day before. Here’s hoping that St. Peter is... 11:25 PM
  • RudigerVT: Yes, that’s sort of stunning. Because Levine has given the Met nothing: he was (appropriately) highly compensated for... 9:26 PM
  • RudigerVT: Ultimately, conducting is a physical enterprise: you convey musical ideas through movement. I only saw Levine twice, and yes,... 9:12 PM

Aftermath

“Aus den Trümmern der zusammengestürzten Halle sehen die Männer und Frauen in höchster Ergriffenheit dem wachsenden Feuerschein am Himmel zu. Als dieser endlich in lichtester Helligkeit leuchtet, erblickt man darin den Saal Walhalls, in welchem die Götter und Helden, ganz nach der Schilderung Waltrautes im ersten Aufzuge, versammelt sitzen. Helle Flammen scheinen in dem Saal der Götter aufzuschlagen. Als die Götter von den Flammen gänzlich verhüllt sind, fällt der Vorhang.”   Read more »

Der Götter Ende dämmert nun auf

This is the end.

James Levine has just canceled all engagements between now and October, except for the two remaining peformances of Die Walküre at the Met May 9 and 14.  Fabio Luisi will take over the Carnegie Hall concert with Natalie Dessay on May 16 and Levine’s duties on the Japan tour, conducting Don Carlo and La Bohème.

The statement from the Met, which follows the jump, optimistically predicts that after “taking the summer off to rest and recuperate from his ongoing back condition,” the maestro will return to the podium for the new production of Don Giovanni opening October 13. Read more »