Susan Froemke answered questions via email about the making of the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro. “I knew that Maestro Levine was a genius musically. I saw it every time I filmed him rehearsing with his orchestra, working with a renowned singer or coaching a young artist. What I wasn’t aware of was his business acumen—something often lacking in artists.”
Over the course of his four decades with the Met, Levine has elevated the quality of the orchestra, chorus, and ensemble to the highest level in the company’s history. Here are just a few of the highlights of his unparalleled Met career.
Over 40 years with the Metropolitan Opera–since his June 5, 1971, debut with Tosca–Music Director James Levine has developed a relationship with that company that is unparalleled in its history and unique in the musical world today. Read about Levine’s career and long relationship with PBS, including as subject for the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro.
This essay was originally published on the American Masters Web site in conjunction with a rebroadcast of the 1986 documentary James Levine: A Life in Music produced and directed by Peter Weinberg. “I sometimes say that music chose me because I can’t remember my life without it . . . I feel music gave me […]
Hear stories from one of John Muir’s expeditions in Alaska with his colleage and companion S. Hall Young, including a tale of Muir’s rescue of Young during a very near brush with death in these outtakes from the documentary John Muir in the New World. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 at […]
This chronology of Muir’s life plots a history of his travels, career in writing, conservation efforts, and political victories for the National Parks. See many of these moments reenacted in John Muir in the New World airing Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and John Muir Day (4/21).
Catherine Tatge, the Director/Producer/Writer of American Masters John Muir in the New World, discusses how she used reenactments to provide the visual elements needed to communicate the power of Muir’s story, casting the part of Muir, and why Muir is an American Master. CATHERINE TATGE: I knew who John Muir was but I didn’t know […]