Philadelphia Orchestra cancels Placido Domingo’s performance hours after #MeToo report

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 14, 2019

Nine women have accused Plácido Domingo, one of the leading figures in the world of opera, of sexual harassment.

Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. Seven of the nine said they felt they were punished professionally when they refused his advances. All but Wulf declined to be identified by name for fear of professional reprisal.

As well as the nine women who have come forward, apparently "half a dozen others" have also come forward to suggest Domingo's behaviour, including repeatedly asking them to go on a date, has made them uncomfortable at one time or another.

A half-dozen other women said suggestive moves by Domingo made them uncomfortable, and almost three dozen more people in the opera community said they saw inappropriate sexually-tinged behavior by Domingo, who allegedly pursued younger women with impunity, according to the outlet.

The Times has reached out for more comment from Domingo and his company. Plácido Domingo has been a dynamic creative force in the life of LA Opera and the artistic culture of Los Angeles for more than three decades.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has rescinded an invitation to have opera legend Placido Domingo appear at its opening night concert after an Associated Press story revealed numerous sexual harassment accusations against him.

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Domingo did not respond to detailed questions from the AP about specific incidents, but issued a statement saying: "The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate".

"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 said, insisting he 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".

"There is an oral tradition of warning women against Placido Domingo", a singer, who worked at the LA Opera but is not among the accusers, told AP. Women were warned not to be alone in an elevator with him.

Another singer, who was just 23 when she met Domingo in 1988, started receiving calls from him after she says they shared a "sloppy, wet kiss" during rehearsals on stage at the LA Opera, after which he allegedly whispered to her, "I wish we weren't on stage". 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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