The San Francisco Opera (California, USA) has joined this Wednesday to the Philadelphia Orchestra (Pennsylvania) and has canceled a concert that the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo was going to give on October 6, following the appearance of sexual harassment accusations by nine women.
The Californian institution issued a statement explaining that, although the "alleged incidents" did not occur in San Francisco, the Opera is committed to "a strong policy against sexual harassment" that requires all members "the highest standards of conduct professional".
In a statement, the institution says the Opera is committed to “a strong policy against sexual harassment”
Nine women – eight singers and a dancer – have assured that Domingo subjected them to sexual harassment, according to testimonies collected in a report by the AP agency, to which the tenor has responded that he believed “always” that all his “interactions and relationships” with women they were "welcome and consensual."
“The San Francisco Opera gives a high priority to creating a safe environment in which everyone can focus on their work and art, and in which colleagues treat each other with respect, dignity and companionship,” they pointed out from the cultural entity.
The San Francisco Opera gives high priority to creating a safe environment in which everyone can focus on their work and art ”
Those who have tickets to the Plácido Domingo concert on October 6 will be contacted by the Opera, which will offer them three possibilities: receive a refund, exchange their tickets for others for a performance different from this season or donate the money to the institution.
Following the announcement of the Philadelphia Orchestra this morning, the San Francisco Opera House is the second cultural institution in the United States that cancels a Plácido Domingo event after accusations are made known. For its part, the Los Angeles Opera (LA Opera), where the Spanish tenor has been the director general since 2003, revealed that he will open an investigation into the case.
Placido Domingo is an institution and a figure in Los Angeles, where he is considered a key personality in the development and promotion of opera in the Californian city, and has a star with his name on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.