Nine days before he was set to return to the pit, James Levine has pulled out of a series of performances at the Metropolitan Opera. This comes after Levine withdrew from the remainder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra season and resigned his position as the BSO's music director. Levine elected to stay at the Met, where he is also music director, but today comes word that he'll cut down on his schedule to deal with back problems.
Levine will not lead the March 30 and April performances of "Das Rheingold" or the April 20, 23, 27, or 30 performances of "Il Trovatore." A Met release does state that Levine will conduct "Wozzeck" on April 6, 9, 13, and 16 and "Die Walkure" on April 22, 25, 28, May 2, 5, 9, and 14 along with two MET Orchestra concerts on April 10 and May 15.