Placido Domingo investigated, claims allegations of his sexual misconduct are inaccurate
The Los Angeles Opera announced that it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, who described the claims as inaccurate.
The Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo is general director, was responding to accusations made by eight singers, a dancer and others in the classical music world in a report by the Associated Press.
Eight singers and one dancer have told the Associated Press they were sexually harassed by Domingo in the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s. The women said Domingo made unwanted sexual advances and tried to pressure them into sexual relationships. When they refused those advances, many said, they stopped getting hired for Domingo productions.
Domingo, in a statement distributed by his publicist Nancy Seltzer, called the accusations “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.”
“Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions,” Domingo’s statement said. “I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.”
In the statement released by his publicist, Domingo added that while he would not intentionally harm, offend or embarrass anyone, “I recognise that the rules and standards by which we are – and should be – measured against today are very different than they were in the past.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an invitation to Domingo to appear as part of its opening night on September 18.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York, where Domingo is due to perform in “Macbeth” next month and “Madama Butterfly” in November, said in a statement that it took accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of power seriously but would await the results of the LA Opera investigation “before making any final decisions about Mr Domingo’s future at the Met.”
At 78, Domingo has performed more than 4,000 times, recorded more than 100 albums, navigated the switch from tenor to baritone and even inspired the operatic character Placido Flamingo on “Sesame Street.” Last year, Domingo achieved a seemingly impossible feat: singing his 150th role.
Hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, politics, the news media, sports and entertainment of sexual harassment and abuse since October 2017, fuelled by the #MeToo social movement.