John Copley Fired Due To Sexual Misconduct

Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera has fired the veteran British stage director John Copley after receiving a complaint about “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”

According to the New York Times, Copley was directing a revival of his 1990 production of Rossini’s “Semiramide” when a member of the chorus reported that the director made sexually charged remarks in rehearsal.

The Met immediately made a statement noting, “following a complaint from a chorister about inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room that was received on Monday, Jan. 29, John Copley is no longer directing the revival of ‘Semiramide’ that will open on Feb. 19.”

Copley is the second dismissal from the Metropolitan Opera following an allegation of sexual misconduct. In December, James Levine was fired due to an allegation of sexually abusing a number of young men decades ago while studying under the famed conductor. The dismissal also comes as Hollywood and numerous industries are trying to weed out the abuse of power due to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.

Copley’s replacement will be announced shortly.

 

 

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

1 Comment on "John Copley Fired Due To Sexual Misconduct"

  1. Lyndon blaylock | February 1, 2018 at 10:00 am | Reply

    The precise comment that Mr. Copley made, and the context in which it was made, were not reported in The NY Times,or here.
    But it is easily found online. Norman Lebrecht’s blog cites the details. It’s a very curious story, but these are very curious times.

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