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Levine Pulls Out of Met Performance

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The Metropolitan Opera has announced that James Levine is pulling out of Thursday night's performance of Die Walküre, due to illness. He'll be replaced by Derrick Inouye, who has conducted other performances at the Met including Tosca and Don Pasquale.

In March, Levine decided to reduce his Met schedule for the remainder of the season. He suffers from back pain and has undergone procedures to help correct it. Earlier this year, he also stepped down from his post as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Levine is still music director at the Met. He's currently scheduled to conduct the orchestra in a production of Don Carlo in Japan on June 5.