Amidst allegations of sexual misconduct, Bernard Uzan has opted to leave the opera world.
In a statement to his roster of artists, the manager said, “I come from a very different culture, I am of the sixties generation, which is not an excuse, but simply a fact, and I have made my mistakes throughout my life. If I have offended any of you, I deeply apologize. The world has changed tremendously and continues to change every day at a fast speed. While I still deny the recent allegations, I am realizing that it is very difficult, practically impossible, for me to adapt to the new rules of behavior and human relations. I will now concentrate and consecrate my life to my other passion, writing.”
The actions come after a Washington Post exposé revealed Uzan had made inappropriate advances on four different women. It also comes a few days after Uzan resigned from his post as co-director of the young artist studio at the Florida Grand Opera. Uzan was scheduled to direct a new production of Massenet’s “Werther” at the Florida Grand Opera but was removed from the roster.
Uzan is the latest in a line of industry workers who have been accused of sexual misconduct. Daniele Gatti was fired from his job at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra after the Washington Post exposé, while James Levine was fired from the Metropolitan Opera.