Plácido Domingo, the veteran tenor-turned-baritone, opera company director and conductor, has been accused of sexual harassment by nine female performers. The allegations, dating to the 1980s and ’90s, were aired in an Associated Press report:
The accusations were rebuffed by Domingo as “deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate.” He said in a statement that “all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.”
Among the eight singers and one dancer telling the AP that Domingo made unwanted advances, one, mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, spoke on the record, saying that Domingo propositioned her during a 1998 run of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the Washington Opera (now Washington National Opera) when he was the company’s general director.
The Los Angeles Opera, where the 78-year-old Domingo currently serves as artistic director, has opened an investigation of the allegations, and several other arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera, have either canceled his appearances or put them on hold pending the outcome of the probe, Michael Cooper and Alex Marshall report in The New York Times: