(Credit: Koichi Miura/Metropolitan Opera)
Conductor James Levine is set to return to the stage in 2020-21.
The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in announcing its 2020-21 season, revealed that Levine would be leading a production of “La Damnation de Faust” with Michael Spyres, Marianne Crebassa, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, as well as concert performances of Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem” and Mozart symphonies.
The last time Levine was in the headlines, the maestro was settling a lawsuit with the Metropolitan Opera in August of 2019. Levine, the former music director of the company, had sued the Met, which had fired him in 2018, demanding $5.8 million. The company responded by suing Levine for $5.8 million, alleging that the conductor’s acts of sexual misconduct had “harmed the company.” Per The New York Times, Levine “used his reputation and position of power to prey upon and abuse artists” during the 40 years he worked for the company.
In August 2019, Levine then reached a quiet settlement with his former employer.
Levine’s final performances with the Metropolitan Opera took place in 2017 with a run of Verdi’s “Requiem.”