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Famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine dead at 77 - NY Times

James Levine, one of the world's most acclaimed conductors who served as music director for the Metropolitan Opera in New York for four decades before sexual abuse accusations prompted a messy exit, died on March 9 at age 77, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine dead at 77 - NY Times

FILE PHOTO: James Levine pauses as he looks over the stage and conductor's podium in Boston's Symphony Hall after being announced as the next conductor and music director of The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., October 29, 2001. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo

REUTERS: James Levine, one of the world's most acclaimed conductors who served as music director for the Metropolitan Opera in New York for four decades before sexual abuse accusations prompted a messy exit, died on March 9 at age 77, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The paper quoted Levine's physician, Dr. Len Horovitz. It said the cause was not immediately released.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Richard Chang and Howard Goller)

Source: Reuters

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