Plácido Domingo is under fire for his sexual misconduct and abuse of power. The American Guild of Musical Artists has announced that their investigation finds Domingo guilty of sexual misconduct.
At least 27 people proved a pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power by Domingo spanning at least two decades.
AGMA made a statement as to their findings,
“AGMA is the connective tissue of our industry. We owed it to our members to conduct this investigation. We must remain committed to confronting systemic problems which can cause our members to suffer unlawful discrimination and harassment at work, and to protecting the health and safety of our members in all AGMA signatory companies.” -American Guild of Musical Artists
Raymond Menard, the President of AGMA, issued a statement as well,
“AGMA’s efforts to protect its members will not end with this investigation. AGMA is calling upon all companies in Opera, Dance, and Choral concert fields to join an industry-wide initiative to positively change the culture. This will ensure that artists feel respected and empowered to address sexual harassment and related issues going forward.”
Plácido Domingo made a statement as to the findings,
“I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I have grown from this experience. I understand now that some women may have feared expressing themselves honestly because of a concern that their careers would be adversely affected if they did so. While that was never my intention, no one should ever be made to feel that way.” -Placido Domingo
Until the investigation found him guilty, Plácido Domingo had denied any allegations of misconduct. Now, he has finally released a statement of a different nature, although many feel his "apology" is little more than a forced PR statement which shows no admission of any wrong-doing.
Plácido Domingo was in a position of power in the opera industry, a particular position of power that not many others had. He was opera's most beloved tenor, conductor, and administrator, with an array of top positions that other administrators could not attain. He guided and essentially controlled the careers of many artists, especially young singers where he led the competition, OPERALIA. On Operalia's official website, they state,
"Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera Competition, was founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo to discover and help launch the careers of the most promising young opera singers of today." "Participating or even winning a prize in this competition is only the beginning of every singer’s relationship with Plácido Domingo’s Operalia." -Operalia Competition
That last sentence echoes differently in our minds now that we know the guilty finding of the investigation against Plácido. Many artists have spoken out about Plácido's inappropriate touching, flirting, and sexual abuse. Now the questions is, how many singers' careers were thwarted because they refused to compromise their character and accept Domingo's advances? How many singers' careers were ruined because they knew of Domingo's behavior and refused to participate in opportunities where he was present? We may never know how many people have been directly affected by his actions, as many victims of sexual abuse are understandably too afraid to speak out, and the major opera houses and their owned media have been far too complicit.
Knowing the gravity of this situation, his "apology" is not enough. Unfortunately, singers may never get the justice they truly deserve as their careers have already been affected.