In a statement, the Met said the investigation found that Levine, 74, abused "vulnerable artists in the early stages of their careers", adding that it would be impossible for him to continue his working relationship.
The James Levine era is officially over at the Metropolitan Opera. During that time, he re-shaped the Met orchestra into one of the world's best - and most recorded - ensembles, guest conducted most of the top orchestras, served simultaneously as music director of the Boston Symphony and continued working despite crippling physical challenges, including Parkinson's disease, that often had him conducting from a specially built wheelchair.
We thank the more than 70 individuals who were interviewed during the course of the investigation.
But some questions arose early on about how the company had handled the case, including the fact that it began its investigation more than a year after Peter Gelb, its general manager, was first told that police in IL were investigating an accusation that Levine had sexually abused a teenage boy there in the 1980s.
Earlier during the investigation, Levine denied the allegations stating the accusations were "unfounded" and that "I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor".
Yannick Nezet-Seguin was hired two years ago to replace Levine as music director starting in 2020-21, but last month the Met said it had moved up the start of his tenure to next season.
The Met says claims its management or board had covered up information of Levine's conduct were unsubstantiated. Days later, another man told The Times that Levine had also abused him when he was in his 20s. Levine guided the Met's orchestra for 40 years as music director.
After taking an nearly two-year health-related hiatus from conducting from 2011 to 2013, Levine retired as the Met's full-time Music Director following the 2015-16 season to become Music Director Emeritus.
Instantly recognizable by his bushy frock of hair and towel draped over a shoulder during rehearsals, he regularly conducted at the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuth Festival and Salzburg Festival.
Levine started conducting from a chair in late 2001 and tremors in his left arm and leg became noticeable a few years later.