Soprano Maria Ewing has withdrawn from all her Metropolitan opera engagements after a row with the Met's artistic director, James Levine. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Ewing charged Levine with not honoring verbal commitments the conductor had made with her, including the title role in a revival of the Met's "Carmen" production in the '88-'89 season. But Levine told the paper that Ewing's recollections of those discussions were in error and said he had not made such promises to the singer. Ewing has been one of Levine's most successful protegees ever since the conductor heard her as a teen-ager in Cleveland.
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