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Conductor Levine in podium return
James Levine
James Levine is the first US-born Boston Symphony Orchestra head
Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor James Levine is returning to the podium for the first time since injuring his shoulder in a fall four months ago.

Levine, who has also been musical director of New York's Metropolitan Opera since 1976, will make his comeback at Boston's summer programme.

He had surgery in March after he fell while leaving the stage.

Levine said: "I'm even more excited to be making music again, with a renewed sense of energy and anticipation."

He added that he was "thrilled to be back" and the accident had given him time to "focus on my health in a way I've never had time to do before".


At the 7 July opening of the orchestra's summer season at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, Levine will conduct the same programme as he did on his last appearance.

The 62-year-old American became musical director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2004.

Levine's accident forced him to withdraw from the remainder of the Metropolitan Opera's season.

"Nobody regrets this more than I do," he said at the time, adding that he felt "enormous disappointment and frustration".

He has also missed a tour of Japan and had to take his longest break from the company.

Levine is widely credited with having ushered in a "golden age" at the Metropolitan Opera during his tenure.

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