|Birthname||James Lawrence Levine|
|born on||23 June 1943 at 17:33 (= 5:33 PM )|
|Place||Cincinnati, Ohio, 39n10, 84w27|
|Timezone||EWT h4w (is war time)|
|Astrology data||01°31' 19°27 Asc. 17°52'|
American pianist and conductor, a musical wunderkind. By age 32 he was the ultimate artistic director of New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting more than 60 operas annually since his debut there in 1971. He was named principal conductor in 1973 and two years later, musical director. Heading a $70 million company kept him working 24 hours a day, less the four hours he needed for sleep. His hectic schedule included devising the Met's 200-plus performance calendar, deciding who will sing what and keeping temperamental stars happy, conducting rehearsals and performances, and acting as piano accompanist when divas such as Renata Scotto and Kathleen Battle did rehearsals. For this he made some $1 million a year, with little time left in which to spend it.
The son of a salesman in the garment trade and a former Broadway actress, Levine was the eldest of three kids. By the time he was two, young Jimmy could pick out tunes on the family piano though he spoke with a terrible stammer. Started on piano lessons at four, he become a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony at ten, performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.2. His mother used to make him stop practicing to go outside and play and his parents avoided totally the pitfalls of too much publicity for their young prodigy. In 1961 he enrolled in Juilliard School of Music in New York City. At 18, he was the school's first student ever to double-major in conducting and piano. Three years later he dropped out to accept the post of assistant conductor of the Cleveland orchestra, 1964-1970.
Since 1971, his housemate in his luxury Manhattan co-op apartment was Sue Thomson, a model and former oboist. Their steady relationship did little to dim his reputation for having a voracious appetite for sexual variety. A self-described "marathon talker", he was heavy-set, standing less than 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) and carrying over 91 kg (200 lb). He was able to unwind at times on his 41-acre farm in upstate New York and he found time for his hobby of collecting dinosaur bones.
In September 2004, he became musical director for the Boston Symphony, the first American to hold that position. Unfortunately ill health kept him offstage. In 2006 he had surgery to repair a rotator cuff; two years later in July 2008 he underwent surgery to remove a renal cyst. In October 2009 a herniated disk in his back required surgery. Levine died at age 77 in his Palm Springs home on 9 March 2021 of natural causes.
- Social : Begin a program of study 1961 (Enrolled in Juilliard School of Music)
- Work : New Job 1964 (Cleveland Orchestra, six years)
- Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1971 (Living with Sue Thomson)
- Work : Gain social status 1971 (Director of N.Y. Metropolitan Opera)
- Work : Gain social status 1973 (Principal conductor for the Met)
- Health : Medical procedure 2006 (Rotator cuff surgery)
Contemporary American Horoscopes, Gauquelin Book of American Charts.
- Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (In music and piano)
- Traits : Personality : Disciplined
- Traits : Personality : Hard worker
- Traits : Personality : Talkative
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery
- Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three)
- Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Since 1971)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Collects dinosaur bones)
- Lifestyle : Home : Neighborhood (Has second 41-acre home in N.Y.)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Pianist)
- Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Of the N.Y. Met)
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession