James Levine on Opera in Concert

James Levine
Return music to center of opera, panelists say
By Richard Dyer [Boston Globe, 20 Mar 05]
CAMBRIDGE — James Levine doesn’t like pushy producers and stage directors any more than most opera lovers do.
In a panel discussion at Harvard last Monday centered on the BSO’s recent performances of Wagner’s ”The Flying Dutchman,” the music director spoke about the advantages of opera in concert.
”What I stage in my head gives me more pleasure than what I encounter sometimes,” Levine admitted. ”And while you are losing a theater in a concert performance, and that’s important, there is often a new level of expression in the singing and the playing. And for me 70 to 80 percent of the success of an opera depends on how expressively it is sung.”
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