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Metropolitan Opera Names Fabio Luisi Interim Maestro

06/16/2010 11:52 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEW YORK-- Following the announcement earlier this month that highly-regarded Metropolitan Opera maestro James Levine would be unable to finish the music season due to a back injury, the company has decided to appoint a new principal guest conductor, the 51-year-old Italian conductor Fabio Luisi.

Luisi made his Met debut in 2005, conducting Verdi's Don Carlo. Since then, he has stepped in occasionally to conduct when Levine has been unable to do so. Luisi's training is in piano performance, which he studied in Paris with the renowned master Aldo Ciccolini, though he has focused on conducting for the past 25 years.

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