The Met’s music director has pulled out of one of his signature pieces.
The company says James Levine, 72, wants to reserve his early-season energies for Tannhäuser.
Talk of a sidekick and successor has warmed up again. Lothar Koenigs will stand in for Lulu.
Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall, Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg’s Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner’s epic drama Tannhäuser.