Domingo resigns as LA Opera’s general director, as sexual harassment investigations continue

Posted on: October 3, 2019

“The opera superstar Plácido Domingo resigned from his position as general director of Los Angeles Opera and withdrew from his upcoming performances there on Wednesday,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (10/2) New York Times. “They were his last remaining scheduled engagements in the United States after others were canceled amid allegations that he had sexually harassed multiple women over several decades…. He still has a full calendar planned in Europe. Mr. Domingo said in a statement that his ability to continue with the company had been ‘compromised’ since the Associated Press in recent months reported allegations that he had sexually harassed numerous women over the years…. “While I will continue to work to clear my name,’ he added, ‘I have decided that it is in the best interests of L.A. Opera for me to resign as its general director and withdraw from my future scheduled performances at this time.’ … Christopher Koelsch, Los Angeles Opera’s president and chief executive … wrote in an email to employees on Wednesday thanking Mr. Domingo for his ‘decades of service’ and noting that the investigation into his behavior, which is being conducted by Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, would continue.”

Posted October 3, 2019

In photo: Plácido Domingo in rehearsal at the summer 2019 Salzburg Festival. Photo by Silvia Lelli, courtesy Salzburg Festival