Following allegations of sexual misconduct by numerous women, opera superstar Plácido Domingo has announced he will resign from his position as general director of L.A. Opera.
“Recent accusations that have been made against me in the press have created an atmosphere in which my ability to serve this company that I so love has been compromised,” Domingo wrote in a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times. “While I will continue to work to clear my name, I have decided that it is in the best interests of L.A. Opera for me to resign as its general director and withdraw from my future scheduled performances at this time.”
In August, the Associated Press published allegations by nine specific women. An additional 30-plus opera professionals, including backstage staff, orchestra musicians, voice teachers, among others, reported to the AP that they had witnessed what the outlet described as “inappropriate sexually tinged behavior” by Domingo, and said that he “pursued younger women with impunity.” Since the publication of the initial article, women have continued to come forward with additional allegations.
At age 78, Domingo was still traveling and performing often–but after the women’s stories were published, invitations to perform began to disappear, one by one, from Philadelphia to San Francisco. L.A. Opera launched an internal investigation, but remained tight-lipped and continued to sell tickets to a production of Roberto Devereux set to star Domingo.
Upon the announcement of his departure, L.A. Opera released a statement praising Domingo for his work at the organization.
“Plácido Domingo’s contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles have been unprecedented and profound. He is not only an outstandingly talented artist, but also the driving force behind the creation, development and growth of L.A. Opera,” the statement reads. “Under his leadership, L.A. Opera became known for its spirit of collaborative creativity and its ability to attract superb performers from across the globe–including Plácido himself.”
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