An intensive investigation by the Related Press has delivered to mild claims by eight singers and a dancer that they had been subjected to undesirable sexual advances and pressures by the previous tenor, who was on the time head of the Los Angeles Opera and the Nationwide Opera in Washington DC. The incidents date again to the 1980s and 1990s.
Domingo, now 78, has rejected the allegations as ‘deeply troubling, and as introduced, inaccurate’.
The AP says it spoke to ‘virtually three dozen different singers, dancers, orchestra musicians, members of backstage workers, voice lecturers and an administrator who stated they witnessed inappropriate sexually tinged habits by Domingo.’
The claims in opposition to Domingo are that he pestered feminine colleagues for intercourse, on some events suggesting that this may acquire them higher roles. He would kiss ladies with out permission and contact them inappropriately. There isn’t any suggestion that he used bodily pressure. The abuse, the ladies say, was psychological and chronic.
All however one of many ladies spoke anyonymously. The one one who appeared within the report below her personal title was Patricia Wulf, a mezzo-soprano previously on the Washington Nationwide Opera.
Wulf, now 61, stated: ‘”Each time I might stroll off stage, he could be within the wings ready for me… He would come proper as much as me, as shut as could possibly be, put his face proper in my face, decrease his voice and say, “Patricia, do it’s a must to go dwelling tonight?”…’
Wulf added: ‘Completely and most actually, that was sexual harassment. When a person steps that near you and with a wry smile asks if I’ve to go dwelling — repeatedly — I can give you no different conclusion than him eager to mattress me. Particularly given his status for that.’
Placido Domingo issued the next assertion to the AP:
‘The allegations from these unnamed people courting again as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as introduced, 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 finest intentions. I believed that each one of my interactions and relationships had been all the time welcomed and consensual. Individuals who know me or who’ve labored with me know that I’m not somebody who would deliberately hurt, offend, or embarrass anybody.
‘Nevertheless, I acknowledge that the principles and requirements by which we’re — and needs to be — measured in opposition to at present are very completely different than they had been previously. I’m blessed and privileged to have had a greater than 50-year profession in opera and can maintain myself to the best requirements.’
You may learn the complete AP report, revealed just a few hours in the past, right here.
The journalists concerned, just like the sources quoted, haven’t been named.
Placido Domingo has been married to Marta since 1962. She has been a relentless presence in his life, typically accompanying him on his travels and directing productions at his behest at LA Opera and Washington Nationwide Opera.
After singing greater than 100 tenor roles over half a century, Domingo prolonged his performing profession in 2009 by dropping right down to baritone roles, which he has carried out with combined outcomes. He additionally seems in main opera homes as a director and conductor. As one of the crucial well-known names in opera, his presence ensures box-office recognition.
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