Music: Tempo: Allegro con Brio

The Met's music director spends only part of his life conducting in an orchestra pit. Excerpts from Levine's hectic calendar:

Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. At his desk in his small first-floor office, an ever present towel tossed over his left shoulder, Levine scans the mail and then meets with General Manager Anthony Bliss to discuss a choreographer for next season's opening production of Berlioz's Les Troyens; already three have declined. Assistant Manager Joan Ingpen, who is in charge of artistic administration, pops in to have Levine approve a "cover" for a sick tenor and to...

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