Met Opera burn James Levine after sexual misconduct probe

James Levine, pictured in 2006, was connected with the Metropolitan Opera since 1976.

(AP/Michael Dwyer)

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Opera dismissed music director emeritus James Levine after an investigation of the evidence of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

Levine was suspended by the Met in December in anticipation of the investigation.

The Met said in a Monday statement that its investigation found Levine “working with sexual abuse and intimidating behaviour to vulnerable artists in the early stages of their career.” The company says “it would be inappropriate and it is impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work with.”

The 74-year-old Levine was a towering figure in the history of the company, ruling on the repertoire, the orchestra and singers as a music or artistic director from 1976 until he resigned under pressure two years ago.

The Met says that claims its management or the board had covered up information of Levine’s behavior were substantiated.

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