James Levin, one of the most famous conductors in the world, who worked as the music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has died at the age of 77, world news agencies reported, quoted by BTA.
Levin has worked with singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Rene Fleming, Ana Netrebko, Roberto Alanya. However, his brilliant career was marred by accusations of sexual abuse, which led to his resignation.
James Levin died of natural causes on March 9 in Palm Springs, California, his doctor, Dr. Len Horowitz, said.
The maestro, who will be remembered for his tousled hair, is respected by the audience, singers and musicians at the Metropolitan Opera for making her one of the world’s leading artists.
He is recognized as the most distinguished American conductor of his generation and probably the most revered after Leonard Bernstein. He has conducted more than 2,500 performances of 80 different operas since his debut at the Metropolitan in 1971.
He has also conducted famous European and American orchestras, in particular the Munich Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
James Levin resigned as conductor in 2016 for health reasons, but was fired in 2018 from his few engagements at the Metropolitan after three men complained that he raped them as teenagers back in 1968. He filed a lawsuit for slander and reached an out-of-court settlement with the Metropolitan, according to which he was to receive $ 3.5 million.