A Spanish opera singer denounced that she was sexually harassed by Plácido Domingo
“He's untouchable, he shouldn't but he is, that's why I'm in the dark,” said the woman, who spoke on a television show and did not reveal his identity
FILE PHOTO: Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo performs during the 25th anniversary concert of Joseph Calleja at Fort Manoel on Manoel Island in the port of Marsamxett in Valletta, Malta, July 26, 2022. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A Spanish opera singer, who has remained anonymous, has accused tenor Plácido Domingo on a television program of allegedly harassing her when they shared the stage in the 2000s, which is the first case in which a Spanish woman joins the complaints in other countries.
The Spanish woman, who appears from behind and with a distorted voice, has participated in a program broadcast this Sunday and dedicated to Plácido Domingo case, who was accused in an investigation published in 2019 by the Associated Press agencyby various opera professionals of sexual harassment in the US for decades.
“He is untouchable, he shouldn't but he is, that's why I'm in the dark”, explained the Spanish artist during the television program “Salvados” on La Sexta, which claims to have corroborated the testimony of this active singer with two other sources.
The artist has recounted that Domingo kissed her on the mouth in full performance on a stage in Spain, against her will, when the lights went out in a performance, while on another occasion she asked her to put her hand in the back pocket of the pants she was wearing, in front of witnesses.
“The first thing they tell you is, 'don't get into an elevator alone with him,'” the woman said.
“I wish there was a figure in theaters who would watch , and to whom the singers could ask for help. These things happen sometimes in full view of everyone”, she has pointed out.
The testimony of this woman was preceded by an interview with the American mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, the first interpreter who took the step of denouncing Domingo with names and surnames.
“It was an open secret,” he assured about situations such as Domingo, whom he defines “as a god” in the world of opera, appearing in her dressing room knowing that she was getting dressed, made insinuations to her or called her at odd hours, in addition to speaking of her husband as her “rival”.
The Associated Press investigation was joined by another from the Opera of Los Angeles, where Plácido was a director, as well as that of the American union of musical artists AGMA.
His former vice president, the baritone Samuel Schulz, has recounted in the program an alleged agreement of half a million dollars between the singer and the union not to publish an investigation that would have shown that 27 women, for 20 years, had been subjected to inappropriate behavior .
Patricia Wulf, an American mezzo-soprano who took the step of denouncing Domingo with his first and last names (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Schulz decided to leak the report to the press, which is why, as he has assured, she no longer has any management position in the union nor does she receive calls to act.
The Uruguayan soprano Luz del Alba Rubio has also been interviewed, denouncing having suffered some situations of harassment by him that led to the assumption that he jumped on him, as he has assured, and he has confessed that he came to think that it was “the price he had to pay”.
However, he has indicated that there came a time when he could not take it anymore. “I can't give a kiss if it doesn't come to me, my singing, my preparation is not enough, do I have to do this to be worth it?”, She has asked herself. A rejection that has clarified that Plácido Domingo did not come to take it well. “He got very bad, he told me I could have had a beautiful race,” he lamented.
With information from EFE