In the midst of a live satellite radio broadcast of “Don Pasquale” from New York’s Metropolitan Opera last night, it was announced that conductor James Levine was “unable to continue” and would be replaced for the remainder of the performance by assistant conductor Joseph Colenari. After undergoing back surgery in 2009, the 67-year-old Levine returned, apparently in fine fettle, for the current season at the Met. More details from the LA Times. Today, the Met is blaming a stomach virus and says Levine will be ready to conduct on Saturday.
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