AceShowbiz - Disgraced opera star Placido Domingo has had his name removed from the Washington National Opera's young artists programme he founded in the wake of his sexual misconduct scandal.
The Spanish tenor had lent his name to the training course designed for rising performers back in 2002, when it was called the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, after the singer and the philanthropist couple behind The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, through which the course is funded.
However, Domingo, who previously served as the artistic director and general director of the Washington National Opera, has been hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, and last week (February 25), he was found guilty of sexual misconduct and abuse of power following an investigation by officials at the American Guild of Musical Artists labour union.
The musician issued a public apology to the women who had accused him of sexual harassment, but the controversy has since prompted bosses at the Washington National Opera to drop Domingo's name from the programme "in light of recent developments."
It will now be known as the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera.