The Los Angeles Opera commissioned a prestigious local lawyer to investigate the allegations against Plácido Domingo

Placido Domingo, at the Los Angeles Opera.

Debra Wong Yang, former judge and former prosecutor specializing in white collar crimes and crisis management, will begin “immediately” an investigation into the alleged cases of sexual harassment of the Spanish tenor

A week after the world of classical music was shaken by an accusation of alleged sexual harassment against Placido Domingo, the Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday that it has commissioned local lawyer Debra Wong Yang to investigate the matter. Yang’s investigation will be independent and will begin “immediately,” according to LAOpera.

Last Tuesday, the Associated Press agency published an extensive report that claimed to have testimony from nine women who accuse the Spanish tenor of sexual harassment. Placido Domingo is one of the most important figures in the history of opera and one of the most popular classical music names in the world. Only one of the women, the retired mezzosoporano Patricia Wulf, made her accusation with name and surname. AP claims to have spoken with six other women to whom Domingo made proposals and with three dozen professionals who corroborate a behavior consistent with sexual harassment and affirm that it was an open secret.

Domingo has been involved for three decades with the Los Angeles Opera. Since 2003, he is its general director and the great star of the institution, which he has placed in the international circuit. Three of the episodes of harassment described in the accusations happened in Los Angeles.

An accusation of this kind against a Placido Domingo-sized figure has divided the world of classical music this week. In Europe, the Salzburg festival immediately announced that it maintains the Sunday performance scheduled for August 25. The Royal Theater of Madrid announced its support for the Spanish tenor. Several opera professionals have publicly supported Domingo and expressed surprise at the accusations.

Debra Wong Yang, in a photo by Gibson Dunn.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the Philadelphia Philharmonic and the San Francisco Opera announced the cancellation of the Sunday performances planned for this fall. They no longer appear in your calendar. The Metropolitan Opera of New York, meanwhile, said it would wait for the resolution of the investigation announced by LAOpera before making a decision. The announcement gives a capital relevance to this research to determine the future of Sunday, at least in the US.

The responsibility now rests with Debra Wong Yang, a lawyer from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher with extensive experience and who has participated in several high-level investigations. The law firm’s website explains that Yang runs his specialized crisis management group. Yang was a local Los Angeles judge and California state judge, according to his resume. In 2002 she was the first Asian woman to be named federal prosecutor, at the proposal of President George W. Bush.

Yang’s specialty is “strategic advice,” according to the profile on it published on his company’s website. “He directs crucial, high profile and highly confidential representations that affect a wide variety of industries, economic sectors, regulatory agencies, security forces, global jurisdictions and all kinds of procedures. His clients are in the public and private sectors. ”

His team develops “strategies to achieve the most favorable outcome, the best protection of reputational interests and minimizing damage to business assets.” Yang, says his presentation, “has significant experience in dealing with and resolving problems in the field of white collar litigation, through the representation of companies and individuals, internal investigations and crisis management.”


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