Plácido Domingo’s U.S. Career Over As He Resigns From LA Opera

By David Salazar

Plácido Domingo has resigned from the Los Angeles Opera.

The famed artist is currently facing allegations for sexual harassment by 20 women and was being investigated by the LA Opera regarding potential misconduct during his time as general director of the company.

“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,” he stated according to the LA Times. “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.”

“I do so with a heavy heart and at the same time wish to convey to the company’s dedicated board and hard-working staff my deepest wishes that the L.A. Opera continue to grow and excel.”

His resignation also means that he will no longer appear in a production of “Roberto Devereux” scheduled for later this year (he remains listed on the website as of this writing). He appeared over 300 times with the company in 31 roles.

With this resignation, Domingo’s career in the United States is essentially at an end. He recently resigned with the Metropolitan Opera from a production of “Macbeth” and had been fired from performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He is currently no longer scheduled to appear in the United States at this time.

However, he has been given support over in Europe with many major organizations, including the Salzburg Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and Royal Opera House coming to his defense in their own statements.