Placido Domingo accused of sexual harassment by numerous women

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 14, 2019

"We will await the results of the investigation into Plácido Domingo's behavior as head of the Los Angeles Opera before making any final decisions about Mr. Domingo's ultimate future at the Met". She told the AP, "I was totally intimidated and felt like saying no to him would be saying no to God".

The AP has spoken to a range of music industry professionals, including other singers, dancers, orchestral musicians, backstage staff, voice teachers and an administrator about the accusations, and those mentioned have apparently witnessed sexual behaviour, aimed especially at younger women.

The woman said that over the next three years, he became "uncomfortably affectionate", and would touch her waist, kiss her cheek close to her mouth, and enter her dressing room uninvited.

Patricia Wulf, a former opera singer and the only woman named in the allegations, recalled telling a colleague, "They're not going to fire him-they'll fire me". The statement emphasized that Domingo has been "a dynamic creative force in the life of L.A. Opera and the artistic culture of Los Angeles for more than three decades".

He said that he would never "intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone".

In an acknowledgement that the #MeToo movement has shifted expectations for men in positions of power he added, "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".

Seven of Domingo's nine accusers told the AP they believe their careers were negatively affected after they refused his advances, with some saying that roles he promised never came to fruition. "I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards".

A lengthy piece published by AP earlier on Tuesday details the accusations leveled against Domingo by eight singers and a dancer as well as "a half-dozen other women". When Domingo left for a performance, the woman said, he put $10 on the dresser, saying, "I don't want you to feel like a prostitute, but I also don't want you to have to pay to park".

It got to a point, Wulf said, that she would try to hide from Domingo behind a pillar.

"He picked me up in his BMW and I got in the auto with him". She echoed advice that several women said they had received: "Avoid interaction with him at all costs".

One afternoon when they were working together at the Washington Opera, she said, Domingo asked her to meet for lunch at his hotel restaurant to discuss work.

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". "And definitely don't be alone with him".

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