Placido Domingo has resigned as general director of the company that he co-founded and which he has led for 16 years.
‘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. 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. While I will continue to work to clear my name, 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.’
Aside from his leadership of the company, Domingo has sung 300 times in 31 roles.
Domingo, 78, was brought down by allegations from 19 women, all but two of them anonymous, that he pestered them in times past with unwanted sexual attentions. He denied any wrongdoing and challenged the factual basis of some of the claims against him.
LA Opera asked a law firm to investigate. It said tonight that, despite Domingo’s resignation, the investigation would continue until it reached resolution.
Outside of the US, Domingo’s career is unaffected.