Ira Levin's hugely successful US operatic debut took place in April 2017 at Lincoln Center, conducting Respighi's brilliant and rarely heard "La campana sommersa" in the first season of the newly re-organized New York City Opera. He received unanimously positive reviews from all of the leading papers and musical journals. He debut at the illustrious Théâtre de Geneve in November 2016 with Marschner's "Der Vampyr", was likewise received with great popular and critical acclaim. He also conducted several performances of Stravinsky's "Pulcinella" with the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande.
His collaboration with the Hannover State Opera began in 2012 with "Falstaff" and continued with concerts in 2014 and another "Falstaff" revival in 2016. He made his debut at the Bucharest National Opera in March of 2016 conducting Enescu's "Oedipe".
Following his highly acclaimed conducting of Wagner's "Lohengrin" and two symphonic concerts at the legendary Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 2011, he was immediately invited back to conduct Enescu's monumental "Oedipe" in 2012. That led to his being appointed as the principal guest conductor of the Colón, where he remained through 2015. He conducted new productions of "Aleko", "Francesca da Rimini", "Die Frau ohne Schatten", "Un Ballo in Maschera", Glanert's "Caligula", "Idomeneo" , "Madama Butterfly", "Werther", "Don Carlos", "The Fiery Angel" and several symphonic programs.
His two CDs with the London Symphony of works by American composer Michael Colina on the Fleur deSon/Naxos label were received with glowing reviews and his 2014 recording of Colina's Requiem, "Requinauts", with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus was released on the same label at the end of 2014, also to critical acclaim.
His recording of Bruckner's Sixth Symphony with the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlands Opera, the first since 1952, will be followed by the release in 2017 of the world premiere recording of the 1892 edition of the Second Symphony with the same forces.
His 2010 orchestration of Busoni's monumental "Fantasia Contrappuntistica" was included on the program of his extremely successful debut as conductor, pianist and arranger in Berlin's Philharmonic Hall in November of 2013 with the Berlin Symphony. An orchestration of Liszt's "Fantasia and Fugue on the theme BACH" followed in 2011. These works have been performed in Germany, Finland, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. His 2012 orchestration of Franck's Piano Quintet had it's successful world premiere with the Helsinki Philharmonic under the direction of Leif Segerstam in October, 2014. His 2014 orchestrations of five Rachmaninoff works were successfully performed by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Porto Alegre Symphony and the orchestra of the SODRE, Montevideo and his 2015 orchestration of Reger's piano masterpiece, the "Variations and Fugue on a theme by J.S. Bach", received it's successful world premiere in Turku, Finland in February 2016, also under the direction of Leif Segerstam. Ira Levin conducted it and other works by Reger with the Brandenburg State Orchestra for a new multi-DVD documentary by "Fugue State Films" in honor of the 2016 centenary of Reger's death, which was released in March 2017 and also performed it with the Malaga Symphony in October of 2016. All of these works have been published by "Edition Tilli" of Finland. His new orchestration of Respighi's violin and piano sonata in b-minor was published in February 2017 by Tilli as "Concerto in b-minor".
"Edition Tilli" completed publishing in 2016 the large series of his transcriptions for piano solo of works by Bach, Gluck, Schubert, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Villa-Lobos and cadenzas to several Mozart concertos. Levin's recordings of many his piano works can now be heard on You Tube, along with the scores. Click here to see them.