October 2, 2019 / 9:14 PM / 18 days ago

Placido Domingo resigns from LA Opera leadership

FILE PHOTO: Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo poses for a portrait at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Opera singer Placido Domingo on Wednesday resigned as general director of Los Angeles Opera, saying that accusations of sexual misconduct had compromised his ability to continue in the role.

“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,” Domingo said in a statement to the opera house.

“While I will continue to work to clear my name, I have decided that it is in the best interests of LA Opera for me to resign as its General Director and withdraw from my future scheduled performances at this time,” he added.

More than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff have said in recent weeks that they had witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour by Domingo towards women at different opera houses over the last three decades.

Domingo, 78, has disputed the accusations but Los Angeles Opera in August said it would hold an independent investigation. It has yet to make public any findings of the probe. He has been general director at LA Opera since 2003.

LA Opera on Wednesday described Domingo as “an outstandingly talented artist (and) also the driving force behind the creation, development and growth of LA Opera.”

Last month the Spanish singer and conductor pulled out at the last minute from a performance in “Macbeth” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and said he would never perform there again.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Howard Goller

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