10 July 2017

James Levine to Conduct Metropolitan Opera's New Tosca Next Season, Replacing Andris Nelsons

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that music director emeritus James Levine will conduct next season's new production of Tosca, replacing conductor Andris Nelsons, who has withdrawn from the performances. 

David McVicar's production of Puccini's opera opens with a gala performance on New Year's Eve, and stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva in her role debut as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia.

The departure of Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, follows last month's announcement that Yoncheva had been tapped to sing the title role after Nelsons' wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, withdrew from the production for personal reasons. 

Levine, who retired as the Met's music director in May 2016, has led numerous productions of Tosca during his Met tenure, beginning with the two June 1971 performances that marked his debut with the company; those performances featured Grace Bumbry in the title role and Franco Corelli as Cavaradossi. Subsequent Tosca performances conducted by Levine include a run during the 1971-'72 season that starred Bumbry, Plácido Domingo and Tito Gobbi; a 1981 Central Park performance that featured Renata Scotto in the title role; a 1994 run that featured Luciano Pavarotti's Cavaradossi; and the 2009 premiere of Luc Bondy's staging of Puccini's opera. 

Next season's January 27 matinee performance of Tosca will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series. In addition to Tosca, next season Levine will conduct Met performances of Die Zauberflöte, Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller and Verdi's Requiem. spacer 

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera.

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