James Levine shines in return to Met opera

September 25, 2013 • Entertainment

Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine returns to the podium to conduct the performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte on Tuesday, Sept.24, 2013. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)

NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn’t opening night, it wasn’t a new production, it wasn’t even a gala — but it was nonetheless a momentous event in the history of the Metropolitan Opera: Conductor James Levine returned to the house he has called home for more than 40 years.

Before the orchestra had even played a note, the Met’s music director — rolling his motorized wheelchair onto a specially constructed podium — was greeted by a 71-second standing ovation from the crowd that filled the 3,800-seat theater Tuesday night. Then he raised his baton for the overture to one of his favorite operas, Mozart’s bittersweet comedy, “Cosi fan tutte.”

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