Can a new anti-harassment policy make a difference behind the scenes?
In January, Plácido Domingo, one of opera’s most recognizable stars, once again made international headlines due to new accusations of sexual impropriety. These allegations come three years after his dismissal from LA Opera due to similar complaints. Then, an investigation by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) found that testimony of his inappropriate behavior — provided by dozens of singers, staff members, and other artists — was credible. Domingo’s reputation and connections in the industry can make saying “no” to any sort of advance professionally damaging, and while he’s one of the highest-profile singers to come under scrutiny for such complaints, he’s far from alone.