The accusations against Mr. Domingo were first reported in August by the Associated Press, which wrote that he had pressured women into sexual relationships, and sometimes professionally punished those who had rebuffed him. Mr. Domingo was not only a superstar singer, but he was also in leadership positions at the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera. The news agency initially reported nine women, all but one of whom had been granted anonymity with a subsequent report citing 11 more women, one of whom was named.
In his defense, Mr. Domingo is quoted as saying: “I made my debut at the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 27 and have sung at this magnificent theater for 51 consecutive, glorious years. While I strongly dispute recent allegations made about me, and I am concerned about the climate in which people are condemned without due process, upon reflection I believe that my appearance in this production of ‘Macbeth’ would distract from the hard work of my colleagues both onstage and behind the scenes. As a result, I have asked to withdraw and I thank the leadership of the Met for graciously granting my request.” He went on to add, ” I am happy that, at the age of 78, I was able to sing the wonderful title role in the dress rehearsal of ‘Macbeth’, which I consider my last performance on the Met stage.”