Conductor James Levine is pulling out of the Metropolitan Opera's Japan tour, and the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts this summer. The Met has announced that he'll spend the summer recuperating from back pain, on the advice of his doctors.
Levine, who withdrew from Thursday night's performance of Die Walküre, will conduct the remaining performances of that production this month. The Met said its principal guest conductor, Fabio Luisi, will step in for him in Japan and for the orchestra's Carnegie Hall concert on May 15.
Levine has already canceled several performances this year. In March, he also stepped down from his job as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He's still the music director at the Met. The opera said he's expected to conduct again in the fall.