Multiple women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, file photo, Placido Domingo directs the Washington Opera Orchestra and Chorus during a rehearsal of Verdi's Requiem at Washington's Constitution Hall. Nine women in the opera world have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo in encounters that took place over three decades, at venues that included the Washington Opera, the Los Angeles Opera and other opera companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) RICHARD DREW

  • Retired opera singer Patricia Wulf poses for a portrait in her home in rural northern Virginia, Friday, July 12, 2019. Wulf is one of nine women who have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo in encounters that took place over three decades, at venues including Washington Opera where the opera superstar was artistic director and later general director. When she got hired to do solo roles at Washington Opera it seemed like the experience of a lifetime, she said, but it quickly became a nightmare. Wulf says she is "relieved to finally come out" and step forward so she can help other women "be strong enough to say no" to men in positions of power. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin

  • Photos of retired opera singer Patricia Wulf shows photos of herself at right and also at far left in the photo at left, in costume for her role in "The Magic Flute" in 1998 at the Washington Opera, at her home in rural northern Virginia, on Friday, July 12, 2019. Wulf is one of nine women who have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, in encounters that took place over three decades, at venues that included Washington Opera, where he held top administrative positions. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin

  • Opera singer Patricia Wulf holds a 1998 photo of herself, left, with opera star Placido Domingo holding her 4-year old daughter after a performance of "Fedora" at the Washington Opera, at her home in rural northern Virginia, on Friday, July 12, 2019. In interviews, Wulf said Domingo repeatedly propositioned her as she walked off stage, often knocked on her dressing room door asking to come in and she tried to dodge his advances by hiding from him. She said she repeatedly told the opera superstar who was also artistic director at Washington Opera that she wasn't interested and each time would wonder, "Did I just ruin my career?" (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin

  • FILE - In this May 25, 1989, file photo, international opera star Placido Domingo appears outside the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/John Redman, File) John Redman

  • FILE - In this Monday, March 26, 2001, file photo, Placido Domingo is surrounded by actresses portraying flower maidens as he sings in the title role of "Parsifal," during the dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by the opera superstar in encounters that took place over three decades, at venues that included the Metropolitan Opera and companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) Stuart Ramson

  • FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1984, file photo, singer Placido Domingo laughs with members of the Rockettes at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The singer and dancers met while rehearsing for Channel Thirteen's "Gala of Stars 1984." Nine women in the opera world have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/Steve Friedman, File) Steve Friedman

  • FILE - In this Feb. 26, 1985 file photo, Placido Domingo holds his two trophies during the Grammy Awards ceremonies. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in their industry. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, July 9, 2006, file photo, Placido Domingo performs during the final of the soccer World Cup between Italy and France in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Luca Bruno

  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 file photo, singer Placido Domingo, center, performs the opera "Simon Boccanegra" by Giuseppe Verdi at the Staatsoper in Berlin, Germany. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Markus Schreiber

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, file photo, Placido Domingo sings during his performance at the National Theater in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Nine women in the opera world have told The Associated Press that Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in the industry, tried to pressure them into sexual relationships and sometimes punished women professionally when they refused his advances. (AP Photo/Miguel Gomez, File) MIGUEL GOMEZ

  • In this Friday, July 12, 2019, photo, Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show "Giovanna d'Arco" in Madrid, Spain. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. The women say the encounters took place over three decades, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) Bernat Armangue

  • FILE - In this Dec. 12, 1972, file photo, Placido Domingo, who inaugurated the season at La Scala, walks in the Piazza Scala with the Opera House in the background, in Milan. Eight opera singers and a dancer have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera. (AP Photo/Raoul Fornezza, File) Raoul Fornezza

  • Vocal scores from Washington Opera productions, including a 1998 performance of "The Magic Flute," that are signed to Patricia Wulf from Placido Domingo, are seen at Wulf's home in rural northern Virginia, Friday, July 12, 2019. Wulf is one of nine women who have told The Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by Domingo in encounters that took place over three decades, at venues including Washington Opera where he held top administrative positions. Wulf says she wants to "debunk the idea that it was a long time ago and it doesn't matter, because it does matter." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin

Associated Press
Published: 8/13/2019 2:57:55 PM

Numerous women have told the Associated Press that celebrated opera superstar Placido Domingo tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and in some cases punishing them when they refused his advances.

A half-dozen other women said suggestive overtures by Domingo made them uncomfortable. And almost three dozen more people in the opera world said they witnessed inappropriate sexually-tinged behavior by Domingo and that he pursued younger women with impunity.

Domingo called the allegations “deeply troubling and, as presented inaccurate,” adding “I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.”

Seven of Domingo’s nine accusers told the AP they feel their careers were adversely impacted after they rejected his advances, with some saying that roles he promised never materialized.




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