ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com December 18, 2018


Metropolitan Opera Fires Former Music Director James Levine

13 March 2018, 05:16 | Myron Mathis

Metropolitan Opera Fires Former Music Director James Levine

Met opera fires conductor after sexual misconduct probe

New York's Metropolitan Opera said on Monday 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.

"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". After years of ill health, he stepped down as music director two seasons ago.

But his termination has dealt the Met a serious blow at a moment of vulnerability. Now the Met finds itself forced to court both philanthropists and audiences as it faces hard questions about what it knew, or should have known, about its star conductor.

The Boston Globe reported earlier this month that three of Levine's accusers said the conductor abused them when they were teenagers.


Levine is one of dozens of powerful men in multiple industries brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct brought to light in the wake of the Me Too movement and the Harvey Weinstein sexual-assault scandal in Hollywood.

The Met says claims its management or board had covered up information of Levine's conduct were unsubstantiated. Levine was to begin a five-year term as Conductor Laureate in the summer of 2018. In total Levine conducted more than 2,500 performances with the company and was an influencer in classical music.

Ashok Pai said he had been abused by Levine for years, beginning in 1986 near the Ravinia Festival in IL, when he was 16. He was, for a time, musical director for the Cincinnati May Festival and has occasionally returned to Cincinnati to conduct.

He said he was reaching out to police in Lake Forest because some of his encounters with Levine took place there in the mid-1980s.



Other News

Trending Now

Putin Tries to Blame the Jews
He arrived at the Olympic venue in Sochi with Olympic officials shortly afterwards, he said. U.S. lawmakers and Jewish groups are among those criticising him.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood adds Monster Hunt mode
The Witchwood card reveal livestream will begin at 11:00 am PDT on March 26 on the official Hearthstone Twitch.tv channel . Worgen cards will swap their attack and health for each turn they stay in your hand.

Colombian gov't to resume peace talks with guerrilla group ELN
It fielded 74 legislative candidates but got only 0.22 percent of votes for the lower house and just 0.35 percent in the Senate. The group could possibly still win support from poor, rural communities which lack good roads, schools and basic services.

Young Lakers impress LeBron during victory over Cavaliers
Against his former team, Thomas totaled 20 points, nine assists, and five rebounds. Sometimes LeBron James makes the game look awfully easy.

Trump backs off Mexico, Canada tariffs - for now
He also highlighted the strength of the national security relationship between the United Kingdom and the US. Later this week, Trudeau is due to visit the Ontario steel city of Hamilton, where workers are on edge.

New York Yankees sign Neil Walker
According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the deal is believed to be a one-year deal worth $5 million. Walker now becomes a late entrant in the Yankees' second-base competition.

UVA earns No. 1 overall seed in NCAA tournament
Meanwhile, after a shaky start, Wilkins ignited a defense that limited North Carolina to 38.5 percent shooting in the second half. Virginia recruiting director Orlando Vandross was on the staff at UNC-Charlotte when UMBC head coach Ryan Odom was an assistant.