(GLC) Robert Lepage's much-anticipated Ring Cycle, set to open at the Metropolitan Opera in April, will be missing a vital element - the conducting of the Met's musical director, James Levine. Levine has removed himself from the rest of the Met season and into the next to tend to back problems which have plagued him for years.
Levine, one of the foremost interpreters of the Wagner opus, will be sorely missed. The replacement conductor for the April-May Ring Cycles will be Fabio Luisi. Luisi, who was head of the Staatskapelle Dresden, was named principal conductor at the Met in September 2011