After details of a police report containing sexual abuse allegations against James Levine were made public December 2—and with two more men disclosing similar stories—the Metropolitan Opera announced it is suspending its relationship with its music director emeritus.
“Based on these new reports, the Met has made the decision to act now, while we await the results of the investigation,” said General Manager Peter Gelb in a statement. “This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.”
Robert J. Cleary, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of Illinois, will lead the investigation.
Levine will not be involved in any previously scheduled activities at the house, according to the Met.
The conductor retired from his position as music director in 2016 but has since returned to the podium for a number of engagements, including the Met’s current presentation of Verdi’s Requiem. He was also slated to conduct four other productions this season, including a new staging of Tosca premiering December 31.