4 December 2017

Metropolitan Opera Suspends Music Director Emeritus James Levine 

OPERA NEWS received the following statement from the Metropolitan Opera on December 3, 2017. 

"The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it has suspended its relationship with musical director emeritus James Levine, pending an investigation, following multiple reported allegations of sexual misconduct committed by Mr. Levine that took place from the '60s to the '80s, including the earlier part of his conducting career at the Met."

"Per the investigation, Levine will not be involved in any Met activities. The Met has appointed Robert J. Cleary, former United States attorney and currently head of the investigations practice at Proskauer Rose, to lead a full and complete investigation into the relevant facts."

“Based on these new reports, the Met has made the decision to act now, while we await the results of the investigation,” said Peter Gelb, Met general manager, whose actions are fully supported by the leadership of the Met Board and its Executive Committee. “This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.” 

Levine had been scheduled to conduct several future performances at the Met this season, including the company's new production of Tosca, and revivals of its productions of Il Trovatore and Luisa Miller

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