‘I love the part, I loved enjoying it with all of you’

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‘I love the part. I loved getting to put on that clothing and enjoying it with all of you.’

Can we please have some good news? You can, just ask Jonathan Tunick, the 74-year-old former New York City Philharmonic conductor and now the talented music director of the Metropolitan Opera.

After 33 years as a conductor of opera, Musician Jonathan Tunick revealed this week that he would be retiring from the role after he conducts Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Taming of the Shrew” on May 5th.

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“When you play a Mozart for more than 30 years, I played just about every opera on the list, I literally did every one of them. So this one is probably the most complicated and no question – it will be a big disappointment to me that after 33 years, after so many takes, this is the last one, this will be the last pit stop,” Tunick told Just Jared.

The expected logistics to retirement are even harder to comprehend.

“I just turned 74. My body is becoming less responsive, I have some physical limitations I can’t really work around. Of course the classical music industry is very important. And the fact that this’s also my last one is probably a little more difficult for me because I love the part. I loved getting to put on that clothing and enjoying it with all of you, it’s pretty rare when it happens,” Tunick shared.

And some fun facts about the legendary music director:

He held the first performance of some of opera’s most beloved works, from “Hansel and Gretel” to “Carmen” to “Moby Dick.”

The 83-year-old has instructed every country within the British Commonwealth, including the countries of Bermuda, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Mr. Tunick’s sons advise him to belt out to the accompaniment the song “Singin’ in the Rain.”

— Relax. This one can wait. We’re really glad you asked.

Joining us today for “Extra Crispy,” Radio Iowan Susan Holmes spoke with Jonathan Tunick for her “Tough Cookies” segment.

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