An attorney from Tennessee has contacted Slipped Disc with a recollection that James Levine was arrested with a young man in a public restroom in Memphis during the Metropolitan Opera tour in May 1979.
Our informant was told that the music director was bailed out by tour managers and no criminal proceedings ensued. However, he suggests Memphis Police may have a record of the arrest.
This may be something for the Met’s independent investigators to check, particularly in regard to how the bail funds were accounted for in the company’s books.
It is, of course, quite possible that no offence took place and the arrest was an act of harassment by bigoted police. It is also important to note that our informant does not have firsthand, professional knowledge of the case; he was in Nashville at the time. But he suggests that, alongside other current allegations, this incident might help shed light on how the Metropolitan Opera handled its music director’s extra-curricular activities.