Friday, 17 August, 2018

Renowned conductor, James Levine, sacked by New York's Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera fires James Levine after finding 'credible evidence' of sexual abuse Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe
Freda Brock | 13 March, 2018, 05:16

The Met added that in addition to its findings on the allegations against Levine, the investigation suggested that any claims of a cover-up are "completely unsubstantiated".

The Met said more than 70 individuals were interviewed during the course of the investigation.

Following the death of Leonard Bernstein in 1990, Levine was regarded as the top American conductor and was given a starring role in the film "Fantasia 2000".

The statement from the opera noted that the investigation, which was conducted by an outside counsel, uncovered conduct both before and during his tenure as the artistic director of the Met.

In December, the Met said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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The 74-year-old Levine had been a towering figure in the company's history, ruling over its repertoire, orchestra and singers as music or artistic director from 1976 until he stepped down under pressure two years ago.

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

The accusations against Levine reported in The Times went back decades, and shared marked similarities. Levine was to begin a five-year term as Conductor Laureate in the summer of 2018.

Ashok Pai said he had been abused by Levine for years, beginning in 1986 near the Ravinia Festival in IL, when he was 16. Levine served as music director at the Ravinia Festival - in Highland Park, Illinois north of Chicago - from 1973 to 1993. Three decades later - after, Pai said, therapy had helped him realize how destructive those encounters had been - he detailed his accusations in the fall of 2016 to the Lake Forest Police Department in IL.

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