James Levine plans Met Opera return in May

NEW YORK (AP) — James Levine plans to return to the podium at the Metropolitan Opera in May following a two-year absence and a fall that left him partially paralyzed.

The Met announced Thursday that its music director intends to conduct a concert at Carnegie Hall on May 19 and will lead three productions in the 2013-14 season: a new staging of Verdi's "Falstaff" and revivals of Mozart's "Così fan tutte" and Berg's "Wozzeck." He also is scheduled for all three of the Met orchestra's Carnegie Hall concerts that season.

The 69-year-old Levine has not conducted since a televised performance of Wagner's "Die Walkuere" on May 14, 2011. He canceled his entire schedule for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons following surgery to address spinal stenosis on May 31 and July 20, 2011, and another operation that Sept. 1 after he fell and damaged a vertebrae.

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