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Metropolitan Opera Sues James Levine
The Metropolitan Opera has sued James Levine. Two months after James Levine filed a lawsuit against the company for having dismissed him, the Met is suing the conductor for $5.8 million for having harmed the company. In a report filed on Friday, May 18, the Metropolitan Opera alleged that Levine had sexually assaulted nine young artists including two previously unreported accusations of sexual harassment and abuse. According to the New…
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James Levine Sues Metropolitan Opera
Conductor James Levine has sued the Metropolitan Opera. The AP reported that Levine opted to sue the opera company on Thursday after a sexual misconduct investigation that ended in the conductor being fired. According to Levine’s representative the company “exploited baseless allegations to tarnish him and then fired him without so much as a phone call. The lawsuit accuses the company and Gelb of defamation and breach of contract and it…
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James Levine Fired From Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera has officially fired James Levine. The New York Times reported that the Met ended its association with the conductor on Monday evening after an investigation that found what the Met called credible evidence that Levine had engaged in “sexually abusive and harassing conduct.” The investigation, which opened in December, found evidence of abuse and harassment “both before and during the period” when Levine worked with the Met.…
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James Levine Responds To Sexual Misconduct Accusations
After numerous accusation of sexual misconduct, James Levine has finally responded in a public statement. The conductor said, “As understandably troubling as the accusations noted in recent press accounts are, they are unfounded. As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor.” He continued, “I have devoted my energies to the development, growth, and nurturing of music and musicians all…
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Emmanuel Villaume Replaces James Levine In Tosca
Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the new production of “Tosca” on New Year’s Eve. The Metropolitan Opera announced that Villaume will conduct the opening performance on Dec. 31, 2017, and Jan. 3, 6, 9, 12, 23, and 27, 2018, replacing James Levine after being suspended due to sexual misconduct. Later performances on April 21, 26 and 30, and May 4, 8 and 12, 2018, whixh are set to star Anna Netrebko in the…
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Boston Symphony Orchestra Responds To James Levine Scandal
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has issued a statement regarding the James Levine scandal regarding sexual harassment. The company stated, “The Boston Symphony Orchestra adhered to a due diligence process, including a personal and professional review of all aspects of James Levine’s candidacy prior to his appointment as music director in 2004, and decided to move ahead with his appointment. During Mr. Levine’s tenure with the BSO, 2004-2011, the Boston Symphony…
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Conductor James Levine Being Investigated For Sexual Misconduct
A police report obtained by the New York Post reveals that famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine is alleged to have molested an Illinois teenager over the course of several years, nearly leading the victim to the point of suicide. In a written statement to the Lake Forest, Illinois Police Department, the victim says “I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: The History of Verdi’s Requiem At the Met
On Friday, Nov. 24, the Metropolitan Opera will present Verdi’s famed Requiem with a star cast that includes Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Krassimira Stoyanova, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, all under the baton of Music director emeritus James Levine. Hearing the mass at the Metropolitan Opera is not a particularly common event and the work itself has not featured prominently in the company’s history, appearing just 49 times overall, with 34 of…
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James Levine Replaces Bertrand De Billy In ‘Tosca’
James Levine is now slated to conduct spring performances of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Tosca." The music director emeritus will replace the originally scheduled Bertrand de Billy who was scheduled to conduct on April 21 through May 12. There was no official announcement but de Billy is still set to conduct "Cendrillon." Levine will reunite with Anna Netrebko since the Metropolitan Opera's 50th-anniversary gala and a Carnegie Hall.…
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Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2017-18 Preview: James Levine Leads ‘Die Zauberflöte’
Last week we got “Norma,” and this week, the Metropolitan Opera’s famed Live in HD series continues with a broadcast performance of “Die Zauberflöte” on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The broadcast, which kicks off 12:55 p.m. Eastern time, will feature maestro James Levine in his first of several broadcasts this season. This will be the maestro's 48th performance of the opera and the final one of the run. Golda Schultz…