13 March 2018

The Metropolitan Opera Terminates Relationship with James Levine

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced Monday that it has terminated its relationship with conductor James Levine as Music Director Emeritus and Artistic Director of its young artist program.

The announcement, which followed a three-month investigation conducted by the international law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, included the following statement:

"The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met. The investigation also uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority. In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met."

"The investigation also found that any claims or rumors that members of the Met’s management or its Board of Directors engaged in a cover-up of information relating to these issues are completely unsubstantiated."

"We thank the more than 70 individuals who were interviewed during the course of the investigation."

"We recognize the great concerns over these issues that have been expressed by the Met community both inside and outside of the opera house, and wish to provide the assurance that the Met is committed to ensuring a safe, respectful and harassment-free workplace for its employees and artists."

More information can be found at the  New York Times  and  The Metropolitan Opera . 

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