Opera superstar Placido Domingo accused of sexual harassment

Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show Giovanna d’Arco in Madrid

The Los Angeles Opera has issued a statement saying it will investigate allegations against Placido Domingo contained in an Associated Press story in which numerous women accuse the opera legend of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Some of the women told the AP that Domingo used his power at the LA company and elsewhere to try to pressure them into sexual relationships, with several saying that he dangled jobs and then sometimes punished them professionally if they refused his advances. All but Wulf declined to be identified by name for fear of professional reprisal.

In addition, half a dozen other women said he had made suggestive overtures to them that made them feel uncomfortable and nearly three dozen other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, backstage staff, voice teachers and administrators who said they witnessed inappropriate behaviour or knew that Domingo sexually pursued young women.

Six other women allege that Domingo, 78, made them feel uncomfortable with his sexual propositions, and dozens of other people in the opera business claimed that they witnessed the multiple Grammy award victor being sexually inappropriate towards younger women.

A representative for Domingo, now 78 but still a giant force in the opera world, did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Opera said last night that the company meant to launch an investigation into the "concerning allegations".

The Philadelphia Orchestra revoked an invitation for Domingo to appear with several other musicians at its opening night on 18 September.

"However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are - and should be - measured against today are very different than they were in the past. He was touching my knee", she said, adding that they drove to his apartment near the opera's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where champagne was waiting.

A spokesperson for the Royal Opera House (ROH) in London told DW: "The ROH has not been made aware of any accusations pertaining to Placido Domingo's time as a visiting artist or conductor".


In the spirit of the Me Too era many praised the move by saying it was "high time" he was held accountable and calling the accusations in the report "strong".

The 50th anniversary concert had been billed as a "special one performance-only event" with "one of the most influential singing actors in the history of opera".

Placido Domingo in July 2019.

And the Washington National Opera, where Domingo has served as a top manager for 15 years, said in a statement it has "zero tolerance policies" regarding harassment of any kind.

In addition to the nine women (eight of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity) who made specific allegations of misconduct, six others voices discomfort over past incidents involving the Spanish tenor.

The woman said that over the next three years, he became "uncomfortably affectionate", and would touch her waist, kiss her cheek close to her mouth, and enter her dressing room uninvited.

Domingo called the allegations "deeply troubling and, as presented, inaccurate".

"When I clearly was not going to have sex with him, he just walked me to the elevator and went back to his room".

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