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 […]
Exploring the conductor’s life and current work, the one-hour documentary film captures the essence of one of classical music’s authentic giants. Looking back at creative milestones since his 1971 Met debut at the age of 28, the film reveals how Levine’s unparalleled musicianship and singular teaching and performance styles make his relationship with the company unique in today’s music world.