Suit yourself

La Cieca just received a package of pdf files the sender says is a copy of James Levine‘s lawsuit against the Met, including exhibits which offer details of Levine’s compensation, defined duties and such at the Met over the course of more than a decade. A .zip file of these documents may be downloaded after the jump. Read more »

“But what about black heel marks?”

For those of you who were still wondering whether James Levine is a dangerous sociopath or just a clueless idiot, you now have your answer. James Levine is both a floor wax and a dessert topping!


The Metropolitan Opera fired James Levine this evening, citing evidence that he had “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority. In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met.” [Statement from the Metropolitan Opera regarding James Levine March 12 2018]


James Levine has quietly been slotted into the spring reprise of the Met’s new Tosca.

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And in the ‘how’

Our selected Rosenkavalier video overview closes out the 20th-century selections, crosses the millennial mark, and includes the first of our performances to depart from the opera’s prescribed 18th-century setting.

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Levine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

“How many years can you ask your subscribers to see the same production?”

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Climbing Up the Ass II: The Climbening

Incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin lavishes praise on former Met Music Director James Levine for actually doing his job, for once.

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Period piece

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production of L’Italiana in Algeri for the Met remains steadfastly ignorant of postcolonial theory.

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Je ne suis pas précis ici

If you’ve been following the coverage of the Nézet-Séguin succession, you will note that a good deal of the coverage centers on whether the incoming maestro will “champion” this composer or that.

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Just a song at twilight

“Mr. Levine was conducting his beloved Wagner for what was almost certainly the last time.”

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