Placido Domingo was artstic director of Washington National Opera from 1996 to 2010.
Accusations of sexual misconduct that took place in that time were not acknowledged by the company management. Today, after AGMA endored some of those charges and Domingo apologised, WNO has issued a statement pretending it knew nothing, saw nothing, did nothing.
Washington National Opera (WNO) is grateful to the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) for undertaking its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Placido Domingo. WNO looks forward to joining an industry-wide coalition—including Opera America, other opera companies, staffs and artists, managements, and other stakeholders—that is being formed to improve workplace culture and create best practices in the opera field.
Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center have zero tolerance policies with regard to harassment, discrimination, or abuse of any kind, and we take any and all allegations very seriously. Our goal always is to ensure that all of our artists and staff can work and thrive in an environment of safety, trust, support, creativity, and mutual respect.”
Timothy O’Leary, General Director, Washington National Opera
Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director, Washington National Opera
Deborah F. Rutter, President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts