James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s music director, has received two previously undisclosed back operations since the spring, when he canceled a Met tour to Japan and his schedule at the Tanglewood Music Festival, his brother said on Tuesday.
But now, without the excruciating pain that has plagued him over the last several years because of back problems, Mr. Levine is planning to begin rehearsing at the Met right after Labor Day and has not canceled any performances, said his brother, Tom Levine. “The surgeries have done what they’re supposed to do,” he added. – NYTimes.com
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.