Met Opera fires conductor Levine after "credible evidence" of misconduct

James Levine. Facebook

James Levine. Facebook

Yesterday Mr Levine, 74, was sacked as the Met's director emeritus, a job he was given following his retirement in 2016 as music director, a position he held for more than 40 years.

New York's Metropolitan Opera said on Monday (March 12) that it had fired its longtime conductor and musical director James Levine after an inquiry found " credible evidence" to support accusations against him of sexual misconduct. Days later, another man told The Times that Levine had also abused him when he was in his 20s.

The press reports to date have focused on Levine's conduct before his Met employment.

At the time, the Met indicated that there were multiple allegations against Levine.

What Does Supreme Court Permitting Passive Euthanasia Mean?
Shanbuag, a nurse, was left in a vegetative state after she was raped and strangled in 1973 at the hospital where she worked. Meantime, a non-government organisation approached the top court with a plea to also legalise the right to a living will .

The investigation, which opened in December, found evidence of abuse and harassment "both before and during the period" when Levine worked with the Met. In 1980 he started the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and he has often trained promising singers, conductors, and musicians for professional careers.

"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", it said in the statement.

Levine was suspended by the Met in December pending the investigation.

The Met says claims its management or board had covered up information of Levine's conduct were unsubstantiated.

Waymo to Launch Driverless Truck Pilot in Metro Atlanta
While Waymo is starting a new pilot program for self-driving truck technology, it's definitely isn't the only company doing so. Over the past year, Waymo has been quietly conducting road tests of Waymo's self-driving trucks in California and Arizona.

The Met hired former U.S. Attorney Robert J. Cleary, now a partner at Proskauer Rose, to head its investigation, and the company said more than 70 people were interviewed. He was also music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Levine was music director at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, from 1973 to 1993.

Instantly recognizable by his bushy frock of hair and towel draped over a shoulder during rehearsals, he regularly conducted at the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuth Festival and Salzburg Festival. Levine was to begin a five-year term as Conductor Laureate in the summer of 2018. Levine had an operation in 2008 to remove a kidney and another in 2009 to fix a herniated disk in his back.

The Met said it has "terminated its relationship" with Levine, who retired in 2016 amid failing health but until the scandal had remained a frequent presence as a conductor.

Pelicans' Davis set to have MRI Thursday
Davis, 24, turned his ankle in the third quarter of New Orleans' 114-101 win over the Kings, the Pelicans' 10th straight victory. In his absence, Nikola Mirotic stepped up to score 26 points, the most he has tallied during his time in New Orleans.

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 artists of the Metropolitan Opera, like workers in every industry, deserve a safe place of work".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.