Placido Domingo withdraws from Met Opera amid harassment claims

26 Septembre, 2019, 13:57 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Opera superstar Plácido Domingo has withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Verdi's Macbeth.

Plácido Domingo on stage in July.

Plácido Domingo has agreed to withdraw from all future performances at the Metropolitan Opera following accusations of sexual harassment made by women in a pair of reports by The Associated Press.

The growing #MeToo scandal comes not long after the Met ended its decades long relationship with James Levine, the house's former music director who was sacked in 2018 after nine men publicly accused him of sexual abuse. Levine, the company's music director from 1976-2016, was music director emeritus at the time and denied the allegations.

The LA Opera did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday on the progress of its investigation, which it announced over a month ago. The Met and Mr. Domingo are in agreement that he needed to step down. "He explained that if corroborated evidence is made public either through the investigations or other means, the Met would take prompt action".

According to the UK's The Sun, Grigolo - who is due to sing Alfredo Germont in the Met's La Traviata next year - was accused of grabbing a female chorus member during the curtain call of a performance of Gounod's Faust, in view of performers and audience.

Retired opera singer and alleged victim Patricia Wulf spoke with CBS News in August.

In a statement last month, Domingo told NPR: "I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual".

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The Dallas Opera then canceled a March 2020 gala concert featuring Domingo.

"While I strongly dispute new allegations designed about me, and I am concerned about a weather in which people today are condemned devoid of thanks approach, upon reflection I believe that that my appearance in this output of "Macbeth" would distract from the challenging do the job of my colleagues both onstage and powering the scenes", the assertion read through. In his own statement to Met staff, Domingo said that at the age of 78 he was happy to have sung the title role of "Macbeth" in the dress rehearsal, "which I consider my last performance on the Met stage".

"I feel like we accomplished something", said Wulf, who accused Domingo of repeatedly harassing her during performances at Washington Opera in the late 1990s, while he was general director of the company.

According to the report many employees at the Met had confided anger and fear over Domingo's continued work there, with one person even calling in sick to avoid work with the artist.

Domingo made his Met debut in September 1968 and is known to many beyond opera for his performances as part of The Three Tenors with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras.

The American Guild of Musical Artists, the labor union that represents opera company workers, was also investigating the claims.

"[Gelb] explained that because there was now no corroborated evidence against Mr. Domingo the Met believed that the fair and correct thing to do was to wait until the investigations by LA Opera and AGMA had taken place", the Met said in a statement sent to NPR.

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