US conductor James Levine conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Paris in 2007

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James Levine was additionally a conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

New York’s Metropolitan Opera says it has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to the conductor James Levine.

Mr Levine, 74, was music director on the Met for 40 years earlier than retiring for well being causes in 2016.

The New York Times said the claims were based on a 2016 police report by which a person accused Mr Levine of abusing him as an adolescent within the 1980s.

The Occasions stated the Met had been conscious of the report since final yr.

Nonetheless, Mr Levine had denied the accusations and the Met had heard nothing farther from police, the newspaper added.

The accusations observe a collection of sexual abuse and harassment claims made in opposition to high-profile figures within the leisure business.

In a tweet, the Met stated it was “deeply disturbed” by the claims printed on-line and was investigating “with exterior sources” with the intention to take applicable motion.

An Illinois police report, seen by the New York Occasions, stated the alleged sufferer claimed that the abuse started in 1985 when he was 15 and Mr Levine was 41, and continued till 1993.

Mr Levine has not commented publicly on the accusations.

Throughout his profession he performed greater than 2,500 performances on the Met.

He made his debut there in June 1971 with Puccini’s Tosca, changing into principal conductor within the 1973-74 season and music director in 1976-77.

He performed 85 completely different operas and likewise labored with the Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

In direction of the top of his profession he struggled with Parkinson’s illness and different well being points and performed from a motorised wheelchair.