On September 6, 2019, AGMA announced that the union had retained an independent investigator to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination made by AGMA members against Plácido Domingo. In addition to interviewing our members, we hope to identify any systemic failures within the opera industry which may have allowed the alleged conduct to continue for decades. Today, AGMA learned that Mr. Domingo has resigned as General Director of the Los Angeles Opera.
AGMA's independent investigation will continue despite Mr. Domingo's resignation. "Our internal investigation has never been just about allegations against one individual," said AGMA National Director Len Egert. "AGMA is committed to confronting systemic problems in our industries which can cause our members to suffer unlawful discrimination and harassment at work, and to protecting the health and safety of our members in all of AGMA's signatory companies. We owe it to our members to continue our investigation."
AGMA's investigation is ongoing, and AGMA continues to encourage any members who may have information relevant to this investigation to contact AGMA Eastern Counsel Wendy LaManque at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be put in touch with AGMA's independent investigator J. Bruce Maffeo.