Plácido Domingo will perform as scheduled at the Royal Opera House next year, the venue has said, as an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by the singer is launched by LA Opera.
The celebrated opera singer and conductor is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour by several women, spanning three decades.
Domingo last appeared at the ROH earlier this year in Richard Eyre’s staging of La Traviata, and the company said that at present, he would still appear in scheduled performances next year, adding it had not been made aware of any allegations relating to his time as a visiting artist or conductor at Covent Garden.
The accusations surfaced earlier this week, after which LA Opera, where Domingo has served as general director since 2003, said it would be seeking “outside counsel to investigate the concerning allegations”.
A statement said: “Plácido Domingo has been a dynamic creative force in the life of LA Opera and the artistic culture of Los Angeles for more than three decades. Nevertheless, we are committed to doing everything we can to foster a professional and collaborative environment where all our employees and artists feel equally comfortable, valued and respected.”
Two further US companies – San Francisco Opera and Philadelphia Opera – have since cancelled upcoming appearances by Domingo they were due to host.
He is scheduled to perform in London at the Royal Opera next July in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Don Carlo, which is a co-production with Norwegian National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
A spokesman for the ROH said: “The ROH has not been made aware of any accusations pertaining to Plácido Domingo’s time as a visiting artist or conductor. However, we have a zero tolerance policy towards harassment of any kind and recently refreshed our code of conduct to ensure all staff and visiting artists abide by the rules at all times.”
He stressed the existence of a safeguarding manager to enforce compliance, as well as an anonymous whistleblowing service.
“Anyone at the Royal Opera House who feels they have experienced harassment is able to report it safely in the knowledge that it will be investigated and due process followed in every case,” he added.