James Levine made a triumphant return to the Met podium Tuesday evening.
Levine received a standing ovation from the audience at the Metropolitan Opera House before conducting his 2,443rd performance, this time from a wheelchair and from a special podium.
The opera was Mozart's 'Così fan tutte.'
Levine underwent emergency surgery in 2011 after suffering a spinal injury.
The 70-year-old had already been recuperating from another back injury.
Levine played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, but this was his first stint conducting a full opera.
He has already resumed some of his duties as the Met's Music Director.