The return of the Maestro, Part II: Così fan tutte at the Met
The wait was long between James Levine’s 2,442nd and 2,443rd performances at the Metropolitan Opera, but it was worth it. 864 days after his last appearance, in a Die Walküre that teetered on the edge of falling apart, Levine finally returned to the pit for a Così fan tutte that stunned with its security. A mere 134 days before this return, he had stoically, impressively negotiated a programme of Wagner, Beethoven, and Schubert at Carnegie Hall. But that was a stage, and this was a pit, and while Levine has usually been reliable on the former, the latter is home.
Read the rest of my review at Bachtrack here. Levine’s conducting was not of a level with Sir Colin Davis’s in my last hearing of Così, but I’m delighted to report that humane Mozart has not died with his greatest recent champion.