After Apology, Domingo Cancels Performances

He's facing a backlash in his home country
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2020 3:40 AM CST
Placido Domingo Faces Backlash in Home Country
Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference in Madrid last year.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Global opera star Placido Domingo has canceled his upcoming performances at one of Spain's main opera houses as officials and music venues in the tenor's home country reassess their ties after he apologized for sexually harassing women over the course of two decades. A statement from the Teatro Real in Madrid said that Domingo himself had taken the step of canceling his part in the upcoming La Traviata, with five shows scheduled in May, ahead of a meeting on Thursday in which the venue's patrons were to decide on his case. Domingo "won't be taking part in the upcoming production of La Traviata that opens in May," said the brief statement. The theater, it added, "reaffirms in its policy of zero tolerance of harassment and abuse of any kind, and in its permanent solidarity with the victims."

On Wednesday, the Spanish government canceled two other upcoming performances by Domingo in the capital, making Spain the first country in Europe to cancel on the megastar since the allegations from women surfaced last year in the US, the AP reports. The Culture Ministry said the cancellation was in support of the women who have accused the tenor of misconduct. A day earlier Domingo said he accepted "full responsibility" for his actions and apologized for "the hurt" he had cause women in response to an investigation by the main US union representing opera performers that found the opera star had behaved inappropriately when he held senior management positions at the Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.

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