James Levine Replaces Bertrand De Billy In ‘Tosca’

(Credit: Koichi Miura/Metropolitan Opera)

James Levine is now slated to conduct spring performances of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Tosca.”

The music director emeritus will replace the originally scheduled Bertrand de Billy who was scheduled to conduct on April 21 through May 12. There was no official announcement but de Billy is still set to conduct “Cendrillon.”

Levine will reunite with Anna Netrebko since the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th-anniversary gala and a Carnegie Hall. The two have previously collaborated at the Metropolitan Opera in “Don Pasquale” and “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” both of which were featured on the Met’s Live in HD series.

Levine is currently conducting “Die Zauberflote” and is scheduled to conduct winter performances of “Tosca” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo, Verdi’s Requiem and “Il Trovatore.”

Levine and Netrebko will be joined in the spring by Marcelo Alvarez, Michael Volle and Željko Lučić. Sir David McVicar directs the new production.


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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.

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