Conductor Charles Dutoit leaves Royal Philharmonic Orchestra early amid sexual harassment claims

first_imgIt added: “The RPO is committed to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and takes very seriously its responsibility to maintain a safe working environment for all its artists, musicians and staff.”Speaking to the Associated Press, four women – including retired mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen, and Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair – accused Dutoit of several incidents of sexual misconduct between 1985 and 2010. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dutoit is currently seeking legal counsel to defend himself against the claims. In a statement released last month, he said: “The allegations made against me are as shocking to me as they are to my friends and colleagues. I do not recognise the man or the actions being described in the media.”Whilst informal physical contact is commonplace in the arts world as a mutual gesture of friendship, the serious accusations made involving coercion and forced physical contact have absolutely no basis in truth.”center_img The artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has left his post almost two years earlier than planned, amid allegations of historic sexual assault. The RPO yesterday confirmed that Charles Dutoit, 81, has resigned with immediate effect, following “allegations of inappropriate conduct”. In December, the Swiss conductor was accused of sexually assaulting three opera singers and a classical musician.Dutoit, who has strongly denied the allegations, had previously agreed that he would not appear with the orchestra “for the immediate future”, and had planned to resign from his post as artistic director and principal conductor in October 2019.In a statement, the RPO explained that the decision to bring forward his resignation was made following an emergency board meeting, which concluded that “the protracted uncertainty and media reporting makes Mr Dutoit’s position with the Orchestra untenable.”In the coming months, the statement continued, “A roster of distinguished guest conductors will undertake Charles Dutoit’s future projects with the orchestra.”last_img read more