Metropolitan Opera Responds To James Levine Investigation

After reports that James Levine allegedly molested a teenager over the course of a number of years the Metropolitan Opera has released the following statement on social media,

“We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine. We are working on an investigation with outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action.”

The New York Post first published the story early today after having acquired a police report. According to the report the victim said in a written statement “I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really ‘seeing’ him. It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide. I felt alone and afraid. He was trying to seduce me. I couldn’t see this. Now I can.”

James Levine is currently set to conduct a revival of “Il Trovatore,” and a new production of “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera. He will also conduct “Luisa Miller” with Placido Domingo and Sonya Yoncheva.

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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 "Metropolitan Opera Responds To James Levine Investigation"

  1. He must be suspended immediately. Barred from the facility. An investigation must be swift and thorough, including all leadership – Board & Management – alleged to have known.

    If true- and I allegations sound credible – Levine should be fired and persona non grata. I hope criminal prosecution is a possibility.

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