Adjusting Medication May Prolong Levine’s Tenure at the Met

The New York Times
February 01, 2016


The stage was being set to announce the retirement of James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera since 1976, after his longstanding health woes seemed to worsen this season to the point that singers and musicians were having difficulty following his conducting.

But then Mr. Levine and Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, paid a visit last week to his neurologist for an update on his condition — and the doctor gave Mr. Levine an 11th-hour reprieve, saying that Mr. Levine’s most serious problems could probably be solved by adjusting the dosage of a medication that he has been taking for Parkinson’s disease.

The news cheered Mr. Levine, who had been saddened by the thought that his illness might force him to step down. "I hope he’s right, because I love the Met company more than I can describe," the conductor said on Monday evening in an interview at the office of his neurologist, Dr. Stanley Fahn. [read more]