James Levine Fired From Metropolitan Opera

13 March, 2018, 11:16 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox Mass. The Met Opera has fired music director emeritus James Levine findin

James Levine, a towering figure on the American music scene who spent 46 years at the head of the New York Metropolitan Opera, was sacked on Monday after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment.

The Metropolitan Opera has conclusively severed all ties with James Levine, its former artistic director turned music director emeritus and head of its young-artist program.

The investigation followed the release of a 2016 police report, which detailed allegations made by Ashok Pai that spanned over several years, beginning when Pai was 15.

The Metropolitan Opera has fired its well-known music director and conductor, James Levine, after an investigation found that Levine had engaged in sexual harassment and misconduct.

The statement said rumors that opera's board of directors were involved in a cover-up were "completely unsubstantiated".

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Mr. Levine's career was upended following reports last December involving.

The allegations detailed in the NYT included assertions that Levine engaged in sexual activity with teenage boy musicians in ensembles he conducted, and go as far back as 1968, when he was a member of the faculty at the Meadow Brook School of Music in MI. In total Levine conducted more than 2,500 performances with the company and was an influencer in classical music.

It has brought forward the appointment of Levine's successor, youthful French Canadian Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who will become music director with the upcoming season. The investigation found that Levine exerted enormous control over this group, dictating all aspects of its members' lives and coercing them into unwanted sex acts.

James Lestock, a cellist, said that he, too, was abused that summer when he was a student, and said that the abuse continued in Cleveland, where a tight-knit clique of musicians followed Levine, who was then an assistant conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra on the cusp of a major career. He alleged that the much-older Levine fondled his penis when he was a teenager and masturbated naked in front of him, describing hundreds of incidents.

But some in the music industry expect more cases to come out, seeing how rock culture in particular is so intertwined with sexual inhibition.

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