The payments to Phramus were disclosed Wednesday when the Met released its tax return for the year ending last July 31. The payments to Phramus were in the calendar year 2017. Levine, who turns 76 next month, made his Met debut in 1971 was music or artistic director from 1976-2016, then became its music director emeritus after the 2016-17 season. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Phramus received $1,827,615 from the Met in the calendar year 2015 and $1,543,119 in 2016. He was suspended in December 2017 and fired the following March. Levine and Phramus sued, claiming breach of contract and defamation, a case that still is progressing toward trial.