San Francisco Opera cuts Placido Domingo Show Amid Sexual Harassment Claims From Nine Women

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San Francisco Opera is canceling its upcoming concert with Placido Domingo in the wake of extensive sexual harassment allegations levied against the singer, one of the biggest stars in opera history.
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The company announced the cancellation Aug. 13, one day after a bombshell story by the Associated Press claimed the celebrated vocalist “tried to pressure women into sexual relationships”  by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances.” Domingo performed a widely acclaimed recital with the opera company in 2018, and his Oct. 6 show in San Francisco had long since sold out.

“The decision to cancel the concert was made after recent news reports of multiple allegations of sexual harassment,” the news release from the San Francisco opera reads. “Though the alleged incidents reported did not take place at San Francisco Opera, the Company is unable to present the artist on the War Memorial Opera House stage.

 

“San Francisco Opera is committed to its strong anti-sexual harassment policy and requires all Company members to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct. San Francisco Opera places a great priority on creating a safe and secure environment where everyone can focus on their work and art, and in which colleagues are treated with respect, dignity and collegiality.”

 

Patrons who have tickets to the canceled Domingo performance, originally scheduled for Oct. 6, will be contacted by the San Francisco Opera Box Office and can choose to exchange their tickets into another concert this season or request a refund, according to the news release.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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