Met Opera Fires Veteran Stage Director John Copley for "Inappropriate Behavior"

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The Met recently also suspended conductor James Levine amid sexual harassment allegations.

New York City's Metropolitan Opera fired veteran stage director John Copley, the Associated Press confirmed Wednesday. He was dismissed a week after a complaint was filed citing “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”

"Following a complaint from a chorister about inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room that was received on Monday, January 29, John Copley is no longer directing the revival of (Copley's own 1990 production of Rossini's) Semiramide that will open on February 19," the Met said in a statement released to the Associated Press.

Copley was directing a revival of his 1990 production of composer Gioachino Rossini’s 19th-century opera Semiramide at the Met. A member of his chorus made complaints that Copley made sexually charged remarks to him during a rehearsal. 

Copley's firing comes on the heels of conductor James Levine's suspension following sexual harassment allegations that came to light in December. Levine has denied the allegations. 

Copley, 83, is an accomplished director, originally from England, who was once the principal resident director of the Royal Opera in the U.K.

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