DALLAS, TX (CelebrityAccess) — The Dallas Opera canceled its March 2020 gala concert with Plácido Domingo as the opera legend faces new accusations from multiple women alleging sexual harassment.
“In light of ongoing developments regarding allegations made against Plácido Domingo, The Dallas Opera has decided to cancel the March 11, 2020 gala, in which he was scheduled to perform. Information on future TDO special events will be announced at a later date,” the Dallas Opera said in a statement on Thursday.
The opera company’s decision to cancel the event makes them the third major performing arts institution to sever ties with Domingo, joining the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera.
The Dallas Opera’s decision to postpone the event comes after the Associated Press reported on a new round of accusations that include a statement from singer Angela Turner Wilson, who accused Domingo of groping her backstage during a performance at the Washington Opera in 1999.
“It hurt,” Ms. Wilson told the Associated Press. “It was not gentle. He groped me hard.”
A spokesperson for Domingo refuted the new allegations, and in a statement to the Associated Press, she said: “The ongoing campaign by The A.P. to denigrate Plácido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical. These new claims are riddled with inconsistencies and, as with the first story, in many ways, simply incorrect. Due to an ongoing investigation, we will not comment on specifics, but we strongly dispute the misleading picture that The A.P. is attempting to paint of Mr. Domingo.”
Domingo is still scheduled to appear at the Metropolitan Opera in New York later this month, with the organization taking a ‘wait and see’ approach while Domingo’s conduct is under investigation by the Los Angeles Opera.