Opera boss departed over #MeToo issuesmain
There was mild surprise a couple of weeks back when William Florescu walked out on the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee after 13 years of doing a decent job, and with a contract taking him forward to 2024.
Now, with the following statement, the company has blown a personnel issue into headline news:
Since the announcement of William Florescu’s resignation from the Florentine Opera Company on May 9, 2018, we have received information previously unknown to the company regarding Mr. Florescu’s conduct in the workplace. Having learned this additional information, we feel that greater transparency is critical in order to move forward with promoting the positive work culture that we expect. For that reason, we wish to make clear that Mr. Florescu’s resignation was related to his violation of the Florentine Opera’s policies and prohibitions concerning sexual misconduct.
We take any complaint of such misconduct seriously, investigate it thoroughly and impartially and act with purpose and urgency to hold those who violate the values of the Florentine Opera accountable.