I attended not his first but his second appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, on June 12, 1971, the debut of a 27-year-old conductor in Tosca that quickly attracted a buzz. It was a Saturday night during one of the seasons in June that used to follow the spring tour. Not much of interest tended to happen then, but the debut of a 27-year-old conductor in Tosca quickly attracted a buzz, of which the audience that night was clearly aware. To say that Levine brought enthusiasm to Puccini’s score, as sung by Grace Bumbry, Franco Corelli, and Peter Glossop, would be a major understatement. The curtain calls for Levine were prolonged and vociferous—too prolonged and too vociferous, apparently, for one person who, perhaps thinking that such a reaction should be reserved for more seasoned artists, started to boo. Or maybe he just disliked the performance.