Levine served as music director of the Met from 1976 to 2016, when he assumed the position of music director emeritus.
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New York's Metropolitan Opera Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.The move to suspend Levine came a day after the New York Post first reported that one of Levine's accusers claimed he had sexual contact with Levine as a teenager.Then Sunday, The New York Times reported similar accounts from two other men accusing Levine of sexual misconduct.According to the Times, Pai said he was sexually abused by Levine starting in the summer of 1986, when he was 16 .Levine served as music director at the Ravinia Festival, outside Chicago, from 1973 to 1993 .The opera company honored Levine with the title of Music Director Emeritus after the end the 2015-2016 season.
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