Levine Goes Up In Flames: End Of The Met?

Justin Davidson provides a balanced assessment with a defensible argument that Levine’s downfall could hasten the spiral of the Met’s misfortunes: ‘I’m not sure the Met can survive Levine’s disgrace. The company is an outgrowth from, and a uniquely regressive example of, the 19th-century commercial opera houses that flourished through specialization, activity, and growth. August companies erected massive buildings, mounted expensive shows, packed in audiences, and concentrated prestige in the hands of very few gatekeepers, all of them men.’

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