The Philadelphia Orchestra has rescinded their invitation to have Plácido Domingo at their opening night concert after several allegations of sexual harassment surfaced Tuesday.
Nine women claimed that Domingo had been inappropriate with them in the past, detailing incidents that went back to the 1980s. As reports of harassment surfaced, others claimed that Domingo, 78, had long been a figure in the opera world of whom young women were told to be wary.
Domingo, a legendary Spanish opera singer and conductor, has been married to his wife Marta since 1962.
“There is an oral tradition of warning women against Plácido Domingo,” said a singer from the Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo serves as director. “Avoid interaction with him at all costs. And definitely don’t be alone with him.”
“The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as 30 years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate,” Domingo said in a statement. “Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable — no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra became the first to distance itself from Domingo following the Tuesday allegations. “We are committed to providing a safe, supporting, respectful, and appropriate environment for the orchestra and staff, for collaborating artists and composers, and for our audiences and communities,” the orchestra said in a statement.