The late 60 Minutes TV journalist Bob Simon was an opera aficionado. To celebrate his legacy, 60 Minutes is airing his interview with New York Metropolitan Opera director James Levine, on Sunday, March 8, 7pm on CBS. Simon died on February 11 when his limo driver lost control of the car and crashed on the West Side Highway. A private funeral service for Simon was held at the Metropolitan Opera House, which Simon called his “temple.” Opera singer Diana Damrau sang a rendition of “Ave Maria.”
Simon interviewed Levine in 2013 after the conductor was left partially paralyzed after a devastating fall. Levine underwent two years of surgery (on his back) and physical therapy before returning to the podium in a wheelchair.