“As ever though, it was that gnomic figure in the orchestra pit that dominated the night. James Levine, the Met’s principal conductor, made his debut at the Met with Tosca in 1971 and now approaches his 2,500th performance at the house. From the audience, all you see of him from behind as he conducts is his large ball of white hair swaying rhythmically from side to side. The light of his score frames his head. I swear, it looks just like a halo.”  [The Guardian]