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Gatti replaces Levine at Carnegie

James Levine
Levine had been set to conduct on Thursday, before ill health struck

Daniele Gatti will fill in for conductor James Levine at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's gala concert to mark the new season at Carnegie Hall.

Gatti, music director of the Orchestre National de France, is a last-minute replacement for Levine who temporarily stood down to undergo back surgery.

Conductor Levine, 67, leads both the BSO and New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Edo de Waart will replace Levine for the Met's revival of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier on 13, 16 and 19 October.

Following an operation to treat a herniated disc, Levine is expected to return to the podium in December for the Met's new production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

Levine's previous health problems have included the removal of a kidney in 2008 due to a malignant tumour.

In 2006 he suffered an injured shoulder after falling onto the stage during ovations, which left him sidelined for four months.

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