Washington National Opera Makes Statement Regarding Plácido Domingo Investigation

By David Salazar
(Credit: © Greg Gorman/LA Opera)

The Washington National Opera has issued a statement regarding the American Guild of Musical Artists’ findings in its investigation of allegations of sexual harassment against Plácido Domingo.

The investigation found that the famed opera star had engaged in ​inappropriate activity, ranging from flirtation to sexual advances, in and outside of the workplace.

“Washington National Opera (WNO) is grateful to the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) for undertaking its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Plácido Domingo.  WNO looks forward to joining an industry-wide coalition—including Opera America, other opera companies, staffs and artists, managements, and other stakeholders—that is being formed to improve workplace culture and create best practices in the opera field,” said a statement by General Manager Timothy O’Leary, Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, and President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Deborah F. Rutter.

“Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center have zero tolerance policies with regard to harassment, discrimination, or abuse of any kind, and we take any and all allegations very seriously. Our goal always is to ensure that all of our artists and staff can work and thrive in an environment of safety, trust, support, creativity, and mutual respect.”

Domingo responded to the investigations’ results by offering an apology for his actions.