We are appalled by the recent reports of sexual abuse allegations against James Levine, the Metropolitan Opera’s Music Director Emeritus. Last night, the Metropolitan Opera (“Met”) suspended Mr. Levine pending an immediate, internal investigation. We support the Met’s recent actions.
As the union representing choristers, soloists, stage managers, directors, dancers, choreographers and staff performers, we seek to protect our members from all forms of harassment and discrimination. The Met has a legal duty to provide a safe workplace and take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment. This duty includes conducting prompt and diligent investigations in response to credible complaints of misconduct with appropriate actions where warranted. This is especially important when the alleged abuser is in a position of power and authority. We join our colleagues and sister unions at the Met in denouncing all forms of sexual harassment and assault.