James Levine death: Former Metropolitan Opera conductor accused of sexual abuse dies aged 77

James Levine death: Former Metropolitan Opera conductor accused of sexual abuse dies aged 77

James Levine death: Former Metropolitan Opera conductor accused of sexual abuse dies aged 77

James Levine death: Former Metropolitan Opera conductor accused of sexual abuse dies aged 77

Dr Len Horovitz, his personal physician, told The Associated Press on Wednesday (17 March) that Levine died on 9 March in Palm Springs, California, of natural causes.

Levine was fired by the Met in March 2018. The organisation said in a statement at the time it had found “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 Met also said that its investigation, conducted by outside counsel over more than three months, had 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”.

The institution thus ended Levine’s position as Music Director Emeritus and Artistic Director of its young artist programme.

Prior to his firing, Levine was one of the most respected figures in his field. His relationship with the Met lasted more than 40 years, and his career also included leading positions at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at the the Munich Philharmonic.


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