Caren Levine, Conductor and Pianist, has established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling artists. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship. She is one of the finest musicians around, of the highest and most inspiring order.” An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera House as Assistant Conductor/Prompter since 2003.
In 2012, she received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera’s DVD of John Adams Doctor Atomic Live in HD, and received her second Grammy Award for The Met Opera’s DVD of Thomas Adès The Tempest Live in HD in 2014. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Charles Mackerras, Harry Bicket, Robert Spano, Philippe Jordan among many others. An active performer, Levine has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Flóres, Lawrence Brownlee, Susanne Mentzer, Morris Robinson, and Barbara Bonney. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own jazz piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released in 1996.
Particularly interested in the development of emerging artists, she was a founding member of the Miami Music Festival, where she served as Head of Music Staff and Conductor, faculty at the Music Academy International and Savannah Voice Festival, Head of Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program, and Visiting Instructor in the voice department at Cleveland Institute of Music. Highlights of her recent performances included L’Amour de Loin, The Exterminating Angel, Marnie and Der Ring des Nibelungen at The Metropolitan Opera; The Turn of the Screw, La Bohème, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Le Nozze di Figaro at The Miami Music Festival; Madama Butterfly, Carmen and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Vero Beach Opera, where she was recently named Music Director. Upcoming engagements include Akhnaten, Wozzeck, La Bohème and Maria Stuarda at The Metropolitan Opera; masterclasses at Florida Grand Opera, University of Miami Frost School of Music and Syracuse University School of Music; and Suor Angelica at Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival in Sicily. Caren Levine is a protégé of renowned pianist, Samuel Sanders, whom she worked with throughout her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Master of Music and DMA at The Juilliard School.