by Melissa Wimbish
James Lawrence Levine (b. 1943) is probably the most famous conductor of our time. In this interview, part of the NEA Opera Honors series, the maestro speaks about his earliest musical memories: “Apparently, so I’m told, I was able to sing coherently before I could speak coherently…as a child I had a speech impediment and was shy about speaking. But I sang a lot and the family doctor asked my parents one day what I seemed to be interested in…he suggested giving me piano lessons…My speech impediment went away and the music stuck with me.”
It’s a half hour long, so grab some refreshments, geek out with music friends, and talk “shop” with Jimmy!