In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, James Levine gives an explanation of his unique approach to conducting an orchestra – how he believes in being a “teacher conductor.”
In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, James Levine remembers growing up with a father who led a dance band that broadcast from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and recalls his first piano lessons.
In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, Levine instructs Ed Parks on how to be an Italian operatic Figaro, teaching him how to make the music his own.
Watch Layla Claire and Paul Appleby perform in the Lindemann Young Artists production of The Bartered Bride, conducted by James Levine, and talk about the experience working with Maestro. This clip is an outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro.
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 […]
In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, Levine conducts the Met Opera Orchestra in their first rehearsal of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at Carnegie Hall and engages the orchestra with his unique style of direction. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).
In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, watch Maestro Levine rehearse with and give advice to the young artist Layla Claire in List Hall. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).