Several Met Opera Employees Disappointed By Company’s Handling of Plácido Domingo SituationBy Francisco Salazar
The Metropolitan Opera is set to open Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Plácido Domingo returning to the U.S. stage after being accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women.
However, according to a recent report from the NPR, Metropolitan Opera employees are unhappy with his return. The publication spoke with four employees who noted they were uncomfortable with Domingo in rehearsals of Macbeth but asked to be anonymous in fear of retribution. The employees stated that they never experienced any misconduct but several stated that Domingo’s advances were a well-known secret in the opera world.
One of the employees stated, “Everybody knows that Domingo is a womanizer and that he could be persistent” and also noted that “a lot of that stuff started happening in the 1980s. As he got older, it was less of a big deal. But still, women knew.”
The report also noted that some employees have called in sick for “Macbeth” and they refused to perform with Domingo, while another stated they hoped they didn’t have to deal with the situation.
The anonymous employee stated, “I wish he wasn’t here. I think the Met is the face of opera in this country, and maybe even in the world — and having him on that stage sends a message that I don’t want to be sending. I think a majority of our colleagues at the house feel similarly to how I’m feeling. But it’s also confusing. People love him — Plácido is warm, generous and kind to individuals — but he was also not at all that to a not-insubstantial number of people.”
In response to the report, Domingo’s spokesperson stated, “Plácido Domingo has been greeted by his colleagues at the Met in a warm and professional manner, as one would expect for an artist who has performed there for more than five decades. As has been stated in previous statements to the press, anyone who knows Mr. Domingo or who has worked with him knows he is not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone. The outpouring of support for him from singers and musicians around the world attest to this fact. He is focusing on giving the public the best possible performance.”