Caren Levine


“A Mozartian classic is not something to take lightly, however the cast at the Miami Music Festival passed the test with triumphant colors. The star of the night was Caren Levine, who led the orchestra from the podium with a sparkling joy that this work demands.” — El Nuevo Herald 2017

“The obviously well coached and thoroughly rehearsed young cast rose to the challenge with admirable security and aplomb. Caren Levine led a well-paced, nuanced performance that gave equal measure to the score’s drama and melodic richness. The responsive student orchestra played with security and tonal heft.”
— South Florida Classical Review 2017

“The San Antonio Symphony plus guitar and harpsichord sounded warm and glowing from the HEBB Performance Hall pit. Contributing immensely to the production’s musical success were Caren Levine’s lively, snappy harpsichord accompaniments to the recitatives.” — San Antonio Incident Light 2017


A native of New York City, Conductor and Pianist Caren Levine has won acclaim for her musicality, charm and sensitivity, and is known for her intense and impassioned performances. 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 and 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.

Caren has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Charles Mackerras, and Harry Bicket among many others. She has been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Met Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, San Antonio Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic.

An active performer, she has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Miró String Quartet, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Flóres, Lawrence Brownlee, Susanne Mentzer, Morris Robinson, and Barbara Bonney. Caren first performed with Soprano Barbara Bonney at the 1996 Tanglewood Music Festival. Since then, they have toured throughout the United States, Canada and Asia at venues which include the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Festival Vancouver, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Van Cliburn Concert Series, Seoul Arst Center, and a live televised performance at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam on the critically-acclaimed Hennessy Concert Series. The Los Angeles Times noted that Bonney was “seconded in every way by the excellent Levine.”

In addition to her achievements as a classical pianist, she is active as a jazz composer and arranger. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own jazz piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released on Capstone Records. Caren has served on the coaching staff at Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Crested Butte Music Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Wolf Trap Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the opera companies in San Francisco, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Central City, and Santa Fe. Particularly interested in the development of emerging artists, she served as Director of the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera, faculty at University of Miami Frost School of Music Vocal Department and is Head of Music Staff at the Miami Summer Music Festival since 2014.

Highlights of her 2016-2017 season included the Metropolitan Opera production of L’Amour de Loin and Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème at the Charleston Opera Company, Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio, The Turn of the Screw, La Bohème, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Le Nozze di Figaro at The Miami Music Festival, and masterclasses at the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba.

Upcoming engagements include Metropolitan Opera productions of The Exterminating Angel, Die Zauberflöte, Elektra and Turandot, Madama Butterfly with Vero Beach Opera and La Traviata with Charleston Opera.

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.

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January 2018
Vero Beach Opera
Madama Butterfly

January 2018
Charleston Opera
La Traviata


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