Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Metropolitan Opera Fires Former Music Director James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Fires Former Music Director James Levine

However, no specifics were revealed but the investigation did find that Levine harassed and abused artists at early stages of their careers.

An Illinois police report, seen by the New York Times, said one of the alleged victims claimed that the abuse began in 1985 when he was 15 and Mr Levine was 41, and continued until 1993.

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The company suspended Levine in December in light of the allegations, which span from the 1960s through the 1980s. In his absence, Dallas Opera music director Emmanuel Villaume directed seven Met performances of Puccini's Tosca.

The Met said Monday that it has fired the 74-year-old conductor, who made his debut with the company in 1971 and served as its music director from 1976 to 2016. It also found that allegations members of the Met's management or its Board of Directors engaged in a cover-up of information relating to Levine's misconduct were "completely unsubstantiated".

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Read the Met's statement in full below. The Met said at the time it had hired Robert J. Cleary, a former US attorney now in private practice with the law firm Proskauer Rose, to investigate the allegations.

The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that three of Levine's accusers said the conductor abused them when they were teenagers.

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Met officials at the time acknowledged they had been aware of the alleged victim's police report since it was filed past year in IL, but they also said Levine denied any wrongdoing at the time and authorities did not contact them further. He was also music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ravinia maintains a zero-tolerance policy and culture on sexual harassment.

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