Opera star Placido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and withdrawn from future performances at the company following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
“I hold Los Angeles Opera very dearly to my heart and count my work to create and build it as among my most important legacies,” said Domingo, 78, who helped found the company in the 1980s.
“However, recent accusations that have been made against me in the press have created an atmosphere in which my ability to serve this company that I so love has been compromised,” he said in a statement.
Domingo said he will continue to work to clear his name but “it is in the best interests of LA Opera for me to resign as general director and withdraw from my future scheduled performances at this time”.
The resignation comes a week after the Metropolitan Opera’s bombshell announcement that Domingo would not be taking the stage as the lead of Macbeth and possibly ever again.
Three other companies – the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera – had already removed Domingo from upcoming performances in the wake of stories that detailed multiple allegations of harassment and a variety of misconduct alleged by singers, a dancer and backstage opera employees over a period that spanned decades.
According to two reports published in August and September, more than 20 women accused Domingo of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.
Many said Domingo tried to pressure them into sexual relationships and sometimes punished them professionally if they rejected him.
All said they feared reporting him because of his power to make or break their careers, and that his behaviour was an open secret in the opera world.
Domingo has denied any wrongdoing.