LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Opera mentioned on Tuesday it’ll examine accusations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, who described the claims as inaccurate.
FILE PHOTO: Opera singer Placido Domingo sits throughout an occasion on the Manhattan Faculty of Music in New York, U.S., Might 11, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Picture
The Los Angeles Opera, the place Domingo is common director, was responding to accusations made by eight singers, a dancer and others within the classical music world in a report by the Related Press.
The information company reported allegations by the ladies of inappropriate conduct. The Related Press mentioned it additionally had spoken to virtually three dozen different musicians, voice academics and backstage workers who mentioned that they had witnessed what the report described as “sexually tinged” conduct by Domingo courting again three a long time in varied cities.
“LA Opera will have interaction outdoors counsel to research the regarding allegations about Placido Domingo,” the opera home mentioned in a press release. The LA Opera is “dedicated to doing the whole lot we are able to to foster an expert and collaborative setting the place all our workers and artists really feel equally snug, valued and revered.”
Domingo, in a press release distributed by his publicist Nancy Seltzer, referred to as the accusations “deeply troubling, and as offered, inaccurate.”
“Nonetheless, it’s painful to listen to that I could have upset anybody or made them really feel uncomfortable — irrespective of how way back and regardless of my greatest intentions,” Domingo’s assertion mentioned. “I believed that each one of my interactions and relationships have been all the time welcomed and consensual.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra Affiliation mentioned on Tuesday it had withdrawn an invite to Domingo to look as a part of its opening night time on Sept. 18.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York, the place Domingo is because of carry out in “Macbeth” subsequent month and “Madama Butterfly” in November, mentioned in a press release that it took accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of energy severely however would await the outcomes of the LA Opera investigation “earlier than making any closing selections about Mr Domingo’s future on the Met.”
Domingo, 78, is without doubt one of the most well-known opera singers and administrators on this planet and the LA Opera described him on Tuesday as a “dynamic power” there for greater than 30 years. He was one of many “Three Tenors,” together with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti, who introduced opera to a wider viewers with live shows world wide within the 1990s.
Within the assertion launched by his publicist, Domingo added that whereas he wouldn’t deliberately hurt, offend or embarrass anybody, “I acknowledge that the principles and requirements by which we’re – and must be – measured in opposition to as we speak are very totally different than they have been up to now.”
Lots of of ladies have publicly accused highly effective males in enterprise, politics, the information media, sports activities and leisure of sexual harassment and abuse since October 2017, fueled by the #MeToo social motion.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; extra reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; modifying by Grant McCool