LA Opera’s Christopher Koelsch to take over duties of former general director Plácido Domingo

Posted on: October 8, 2019

“The question of who will replace Plácido Domingo as general director of Los Angeles Opera following the embattled star’s recent resignation got a quick answer Monday: nobody,” writes Jessica Gelt in Monday’s (10/7) Los Angeles Times. “L.A. Opera’s board of directors announced that it will consolidate the role of general director with the duties of company President and Chief Executive Christopher Koelsch, whose title will remain the same.… The move comes after Domingo resigned Wednesday from the position he held since 2003, stating that the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual harassment was distracting from the work of the company and making it impossible to do his job. Domingo has denied the accusations … Koelsch … has served the company since 1997 and was appointed president and chief executive in 2012 …. Deborah Borda, president and chief executive of the New York Philharmonic, who led the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 17 years … said she has been impressed with Koelsch’s commitment to new music…. For skeptics, however, the Koelsch appointment will not resolve questions about the scope of the outside investigation … [and] whether L.A. Opera management knew about instances of sexual harassment and whether it responded appropriately.”

Posted October 7, 2019