Fears about Oct. 9 demanding one grueling performance too many from music director James Levine eased when Levine gave the downbeat for tonight’s Boston Symphony Orchestra concert of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," with soprano Layla Claire, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Earlier in the afternoon Levine had led a performance of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold,” in New York.
“All went smoothly with tonight’s concert, followed by an immediate and intense standing ovation that lasted several minutes, ” said a BSO spokeswoman in a statement about the Saturday night concert, which was a repeat of the Symphony Hall program given before a packed audience on Thursday.
Last week's BSO and Met performances were the first for Levine since back surgery in April.