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Levine, BSO open at Tanglewood by going out on a limb

James Levine leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Berlioz' Les Troyens at Tanglewood
James Levine leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Berlioz' Les Troyens at Tanglewood
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Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine, who champions Elliott Carter and Charles Wuorinen when not conducting at the Metropolitan Opera, courageously opened the Tanglewood concert season last weekend with Berlioz’s seldom-heard epic opera “Les Troyens.” The five-act, five-hour setting of Virgil’s Aeneid spanned the Saturday and Sunday concerts, and those few who sat it out marveled at its pageantry and beauty. There is a rationale for splitting it: certainly Berlioz never heard it any ...


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