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The #MeToo Era Ensnares Plácido Domingo

Published August 13, 2019 at 11:59 AM PDT
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LA Opera's Nabucco in Concert starring Placido Domingo at Musco Center for the Arts
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Plácido Domingo is accused by several women of sexual harassment that goes back decades.

On today's show:

An Opera Superstar Faces The Music

(Starts at 00:45) 

The MeToo era has caught up with the biggest name in opera. Today the Associated Press published a story that alleges Plácido Domingo sexually assaulted and harassed nine female artists over several decades. The L.A. Opera, where Domingo has served as general director since 2003, says it will launch an investigation into the allegations. Domingo is not scheduled to perform with the company until next year. L.A. Opera also has a program for young artists that carries his name — as does the Washington Opera, where Domingo served as general director from 2003-2011.  The Philadelphia Orchestra already has canceled a performance by the Three Tenors alumnus at its upcoming season opening gala. And New York’s Metropolitan Opera says it will await the results of the Los Angeles investigation before taking any action. Domingo is scheduled to perform in “Macbeth” there next month. He is also slated to perform a concert at San Francisco Opera in October to mark the 50th anniversary of his debut with that company. John Horn talks with Peggy McGlone, an arts reporter at the Washington Post who has written about sexual harassment in the world of classical music.

How A 'Cold Case' Suddenly Got Hot

(Starts at 8:44) 

Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger talks about his new documentary, “Cold Case Hammarskjöld.” The film starts out as an inquiry into the death of U.N. Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961. But as Brügger investigates the death as a possible murder, a larger conspiracy story of secret paramilitary groups and post-colonial manipulation in Africa begins to unravel. (The film opens Aug. 16 in select theaters.)

Getting Their Kicks With The Stones

The little-known L.A.-based band Vista Kicks got their music on the radar of The Rolling Stones and now the group will open for the Stones at their Aug. 18 tour stop at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. KPCC's Marley Feuerwerker-Otto spoke with the band about their good fortune.

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