James Levine dead at 77: Metropolitan Opera conductor passes away after sexual harassment claims ended career
METROPOLITAN Opera maestro James Levine is dead at 77 after sexual harassment claims ended the conductor’s career.
He reportedly passed away on March 9 in Palm Springs, California and his death was confirmed on Wednesday by his physician, Dr Len Horovitz.
5James Levine has died after being dogged by health problemsCredit: Reuters5The maestro died at the age of 77Credit: APLevine was the Metropolitan Opera’s music or artistic director from 1976-2016, then became its music director emeritus.
His final years were marred by scandal after he was fired in March 2018 when the Met said their investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment involving younger men.
Levine previously filed a breach of contract and defamation lawsuit against the Met which was settled in 2019, reported the New York Times.
A lawyer for Levine and the company made the announcement at the time, but did not disclose terms of the agreement.
Levine sued, seeking at least $5.8million in damages.
5Levine’s final years were marred by scandal and ill-healthCredit: AP5The Met fired him after investigating allegations of sexual impropriety with younger menCredit: APNew York Supreme Court Justice Andrea Masley dismissed all but one of the defamation claims in March.
Previously, he was a popular and beloved maestro who helped define the Met for decades.
From 2004, he was the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and reportedly revitalized the insistitution.
Levine was music director of the Munich Philharmonic from 1999-2004.
He had links to the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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He also directed the Ravinia Festival for more than two decades.
The maestro’s final years were dogged by health crises, including kidney cancer and surgery after he tripped on stage and was injured at Symphony Hall in Boston in 2006.
In March 2011, he resigned from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
5From 2004, he was the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and reportedly revitalized the insistitutionCredit: AP