Breaking: James Levine Adds Another Twist To Metropolitan Opera ‘Tosca’

James Levine is now getting a new position at Ravinia.

James Levine will conduct the New Year’s Eve gala of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera replacing Andris Nelsons.

The Metropolitan Opera announced the news with Nelsons citing no reason for the cancellation. Nelsons is the third major cancellation of the star-studded production. Earlier this year Jonas Kaufmann stunned the world when he opted out of the production, telling reporters he wanted more time with his family. Then a few weeks ago Kristine Opolais dropped out for personal reasons.

The production will now star Sonya Yoncheva in the title role in her role debut. She will also become the first soprano at the Metropolitan Opera to headline three HD productions. Vittorio Grigolo will sing the role of Cavaradossi marking his role debut as well.

Levine adds yet another assignment to his busy schedule which already includes Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” “Luisa Miller,” “Requiem” and Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” Levine first led “Tosca” at the Met in 1971 and this will mark his return to the opera after conducting opening night in 2009.

The production is set to be directed by Sir David McVicar and will also star Sir Bryn Terfel. Anna Netrebko will make her role debut later on in the season alongside Marcelo Alvarez.

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

2 Comments on "Breaking: James Levine Adds Another Twist To Metropolitan Opera ‘Tosca’"

  1. Graeme Wright | July 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Reply

    Jonas Kaufmann stunned the world!!!! Please!!!!!!!!

  2. This article would make more sense if you informed your readers that Andris Nelsons is Opolais’s husband.

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