Who Is James Levine? Metropolitan Opera To Investigate New York City Conductor


On Sunday, the BSO released a statement that said it did not know about the allegations against Levine before Saturday.

Shortly after the article appeared online, The New York Times reported that Met officials had been aware of the allegations since previous year, but that Levine had denied them. He now serves as the Met's music director emeritus.

The AP reported that the alleged victim told Lake Forest police the sexual abuse started in 1985 when he was 15-years-old and Levine was in his early 40's.

The younger man was not identified in either report, but The New York Times reported that it had interviewed the alleged victim on condition of anonymity and that he confirmed that he made the accusations in the police report. The abuse intensified over time as Levine allegedly touched himself and the minor sexually "hundreds of times".

Now, Gelb said, "we need to determine if these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action". I felt alone and afraid.

According to the report, the alleged abuse began at an inn near the Ravinia Festival in IL, where Levine was music director for two decades. The alleger explains in the report that the misconduct continued as he sought a mentorship from the famed conductor, who had promised to see if he could "be raised special like me".

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James Levine is now set to conduct a revival of "Il Trovatore", and a new production of "Tosca" at the Metropolitan Opera. At the time, he said, Levine said he wouldn't send him money anymore.

"I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really "seeing" him", the alleged victim, now 48, said in a written statement to police.

The man said he told his mother about the abuse in 1993, and in 2016 went to the police following the advice of a former Met board member.

Levine did not immediately respond to requests for comment made through the Met and his manager on Sunday.

He made his debut with the Met in 1971 and served as its music director from 1976 until previous year, when he stepped down due to health problems.

Levine had previously been accused of molesting a teenage boy in the Northern suburbs. The man said that it was the beginning of years of sexual contact against his will with Levine.