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Levine injured in fall

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 7, 2011

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James Levine, the former music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming performances with the Metropolitan Opera after falling and damaging his vertebrae. As a result of this latest injury, the Met has made Fabio Luisi its principal conductor and announced that he will replace Levine in productions of “Don Giovanni’’ and “Siegfried.’’ Levine will continue as the Met’s music director. The latest injury, during Levine’s vacation in Vermont, came as he was recovering from another back surgery. The fall forced him to undergo emergency surgery in New York last Thursday. Levine had served at both the Met and as the BSO’s music director. But a series of injuries in recent years led to his resignation effective Sept. 1 from the latter post, which he took over in 2004. The BSO is looking for a new music director.