The great CBS News reporter Bob Simon — who died Feb. 11 — has one final story Sunday for "60 Minutes," and this would appear to be as perfect a capper to this illustrious career as Simon or his many fans could have hoped for: a portrait of legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor (and music director) James Levine.
Levine is one of the greatest, perhaps THE greatest, conductor in Met history — his tastes, style, genius and sheer force of personality have shaped this institution for well over 40 years. Simon was an opera lover quite possibility without peer in television news, and used his considerable role at "60 Minutes" to bring this grand institution to viewers over many stories. He was not just "60's" resident Met booster, but commercial TV's. This is his parting gift.
Here's the "60 Minutes" description, followed by a brief clip:
"The story, which Simon had finished a week before he died on Feb. 11, will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES on Sunday, March 8 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Simon’s profile of the conductor highlights the maestro’s return to work in late 2013 after a devastating fall that left him partially paralyzed. The story traces his career over the decades, culminating in his return to the podium in a wheelchair. The Met has provided a mechanical podium that raises and lowers him in the chair so he can conduct the musicians in his orchestra. The profile features interviews with Levine and music star Plácido Domingo and captures his practice sessions with his beloved singers, including the famous mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe."