Ira Levin, the newly appointed music director of the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, the largest opera house in Brazil, is known internationally for the great versatility of his musical activities. He has conducted over 1,200 performances of 90 operatic titles, and is equally at home in concert, with a vast symphonic repertoire. He has worked with many leading instrumentalists, singers and stage directors and conducted at important opera houses and orchestras worldwide.
He is an award-winning concert pianist and was the pupil of the legendary Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute of Music. His over 40 publications include orchestrations of major works by Brahms, Liszt, Busoni, Franck, Reger, Rachmaninov and Respighi.
He was principal guest conductor of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, artistic director of the Theatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and the Cláudio Santoro National Theater in Brasília, principal conductor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Bremen Opera and principal guest conductor of the Kassel Opera. He has recorded albums conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, as well as of his own piano transcriptions.