Los Angeles Opera Investigating ‘Concerning Allegations’ Against Placido Domingo

Women accuse opera legend Placido Domingo of sexual harassment AP

Women accuse opera legend Placido Domingo of sexual harassment AP

This follows an Associated Press report that 9 women have accused Domingo of trying to pressure them into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and sometimes punishing them professionally if they refused.

Opera star Placido Domingo says allegations he pressured women into sexual relationships in exchange for career advancement are "inaccurate".

The women say that their excitement soon soured as he began calling them at home repeatedly, often late at night.

Domingo, considered one of the best opera singers of all time, allegedly put his hands up the skirts of one woman and kissed others on the mouth without their consent. All but Wulf declined to be identified by name for fear of professional reprisal. Dozens of other singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage staff, voice teachers and an administrator spoke to AP, having observed such inappropriate behavior, including incessant attempts to contact certain women at their homes and insisting upon private meetings.

The 78-year-old Domingo is one of the most admired tenors of all time, and a powerful figure in the world of classical music.

Domingo, who has served as the general director of the Los Angeles Opera since 2003, addressed the allegations in a statement to PEOPLE, claiming that he believed all of his interactions to be "welcomed and consensual". On Tuesday morning, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced that it had rescinded its invitation for Domingo to sing at its season-opening gala, saying: "The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has withdrawn its invitation to Plácido Domingo to appear as part of its opening night concert on September 18, 2019".

In an acknowledgement that the #MeToo movement has shifted expectations for men in positions of power he added, "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".

One such woman who worked at the LA Opera told the AP that there was a whisper network about Domingo: "Avoid interaction with him at all costs".

But his accusers and others in the industry say there is a troubling side to Domingo - one they say has always been an open secret in the opera world.

According to the AP, seven of the nine women who came forward with accusations have said they felt their careers adversely affected by their rejection of Domingo's advances. "I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards".

Eventually, she reluctantly agreed, saying: "I wasn't going to have an opera career if I didn't give in". Several performers told the AP that they were sexually harassed by the star while working for the Washington opera and that his behavior was common knowledge.

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