Gelb’s message to staff about why Levine was firedmain
Here’s the message that went up backstage. It differs slightly from the press statement:
From: Gelb, Peter
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 4:55 PM
To: Public Bulletin Board
Subject: Important News
Dear Members of the Company,
This is to advise you that after considering the findings of a thorough investigation conducted by outside counsel that lasted more than three months, the Metropolitan Opera has terminated its relationship with James Levine as Music Director Emeritus and Artistic Director of its young artist program.
The investigation uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during the period when he worked at the Met. The investigation also uncovered credible evidence that Mr. Levine engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers, over whom Mr. Levine had authority.
In light of these findings, the Met concludes that it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met. The investigation also found that any claims or rumors that members of the Met’s management or its Board of Directors engaged in a cover-up of information relating to these issues are completely unsubstantiated.
I want to assure you that we are committed to ensuring a safe, respectful, and harassment-free workplace at the Met. As part of this commitment we will be implementing some new measures to allow you to report any areas of concern you have in relation to the workplace, together with renewed sensitivity and anti-harassment training. Please do not hesitate to contact me or your department head at any time if you have concerns that you would like to discuss.
Best wishes, Peter Gelb