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James Levine

James Levine (conductor, born June 23, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio) He has led American opera into a glorious golden age, establishing the Metropolitan Opera as the world's beacon of operatic splendor through his three decades with the company. James Levine made his Met debut in 1971, became principal conductor in 1973, music director in 1976 and then the company's first artistic director in 1986. With commitment and distinction that are rare in any opera company anywhere, Levine has given his life to making music and drama of unparalleled excellence and sublime beauty. His genius belongs to the world and the world has honored him often. Levine is a regular guest of the Vienna Philharmonic, of the Dresden Staatskapelle and of London's Philharmonia Orchestra, and he has directed major productions at the Salzburg and Ravinia Festivals.