Eight singers have raised claims of sexual harrassment in opposition to the highly effective ex-tenor Placido Domingo. The substance is that Domingo pursued the ladies for intercourse with the promise of giving them higher roles and a urged risk of demotion. In a milieu the place many singers by no means know the place their subsequent position is coming from, this strategy represents an abuse of authority.
Domingo has denied misuse of his energy.
The highlight turns now onto two of the most important opera firms in the US, the Washington Nationwide Opera, the place Domingo was creative director from 1997 to 2011, and Los Angeles Opera, the place he was creative guide within the 1980s, rising to creative director and, from 2003 to the current day, common director.
Each firms can be obliged to investigated the allegations. Alongside the type of earlier #Metoo instances, they are going to appoint a agency of ‘impartial attorneys’ – normally an organization that has acted beforehand for the board – and the problems can be subjected to skilled scrutiny.
Relying on the result of the investigations, the boards will announce their choices relating to Placido Domingo, in addition to a raft of recent measures to guard workers from harrassment in future.
Domingo, 78, is singing on the finish of this month in Verdi’s Luisa Miller on the Salzburg Competition. On September 18, he’ll seem on the opening live performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra and on September 25 in Macbeth on the Metropolitan Opera.
All of those organisations will reassess their connections with Domingo in mild of the growing state of affairs. Domingo’s denial of misconduct, alongside along with his assertion that requirements of behaviour have modified over 4 a long time, should even be taken into consideration.
Domingo has many pals in music and past who’re more likely to stand by him.
The conductors Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit, each accused of sexual msconduct, have since resumed stellar careers.