Dallas Opera Cancels Gala Starring Plácido Domingo

The Dallas Opera canceled its big-ticket March 2020 gala concert with the opera star Plácido Domingo on Thursday amid new accusations that he had sexually harassed multiple women.

The Dallas company, where the Spanish-born Mr. Domingo made his United States debut in 1961 on his way to opera stardom, became the third major American institution to cut ties with him over the recent allegations, joining the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera. Mr. Domingo is still scheduled to sing later this month at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; the Met has said it was awaiting the outcome of an investigation by the Los Angeles Opera into the allegations against Mr. Domingo, the company’s general director.

Dallas pulled the plug on its gala after The Associated Press, which reported the first round of mostly anonymous allegations against Mr. Domingo last month, published a new report Thursday in which a singer named Angela Turner Wilson went on the record and accused Mr. Domingo of reaching into her robe and grabbing her bare breast during a makeup call when they were appearing together in Massenet’s “Le Cid” at the Washington Opera in 1999.

“It hurt,” The A.P. quoted Ms. Wilson as saying. “It was not gentle. He groped me hard.”

Ms. Wilson won Washington’s Artist of the Year award that season but was not rehired, The A.P. reported, saying that she attributed that to her interactions with Mr. Domingo. The news service said that she had told her husband and parents of the groping contemporaneously and written about Mr. Domingo’s unwanted attentions in a journal she kept at the time, but that a makeup artist she believed had witnessed what happened said he did not recall it. Ms. Wilson went on to sing elsewhere, including at the Dallas Opera, and to teach. She is one of 11 women who shared their experiences with the news agency after its initial report of allegations against Mr. Domingo.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Domingo, Nancy Seltzer, disputed the allegations.

“The ongoing campaign by The A.P. to denigrate Plácido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical,” she said in a statement, which was sent to the news agency and then to The New York Times. “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.”

[Read about how the allegations against Mr. Domingo have divided the opera world.]

The Dallas Opera announced its cancellation on Twitter Thursday, posting a statement in which it said it had decided to cancel the gala “in light of ongoing developments regarding allegations made against Plácido Domingo.”

A spokeswoman for the company, Suzanne Calvin, declined to comment on the company’s financial expectations for the gala, which is an important fund-raiser, or to say whether it had to pay Mr. Domingo a fee for the canceled performance. ​His debut in Dallas was in a performance of “Lucia di Lammermoor” starring the great soprano Joan Sutherland.

The cancellation came on the same day that Mr. Domingo began rehearsals at the Met Opera in New York, where he is scheduled to sing the title role in Verdi’s “Macbeth” later this month opposite the star soprano Anna Netrebko. The Met said that it had no further comment on Mr. Domingo, and pointed to its statement about awaiting the results of the Los Angeles Opera’s inquiry.

The Los Angeles Opera, which Mr. Domingo was instrumental in founding, is the setting for several of the earlier accusations of sexual harassment. The company said last month that it had hired Debra Wong Yang, a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a former United States Attorney, to conduct what it said would be a “thorough and independent” investigation into the allegations about Mr. Domingo.

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