Spain’s tradition ministry on Wednesday cancelled performances by Placido Domingo in Madrid in May, following allegations of sexual harassment by the opera star.
The ministry mentioned it had known as off the Spanish singer’s efficiency within the operetta Luisa Fernanda on the Zarzuela Theatre on May 14 and 15, in solidarity with ladies who had been affected by his alleged sexual misconduct.
The publicly funded theatre will nonetheless stage the reveals, however with out Domingo.
The ministry’s National Institute of Performing Arts and Music expressed “robust assist” for the ladies who’ve accused Domingo of sexual misconduct and rejected “all varieties of harassment, abusive and dominating behaviour.”
Domingo apologized to the ladies who’ve accused him of sexual harassment on Tuesday after an investigation by the American Guild of Musical Artists (the U.S. union representing opera performers) concluded he had behaved inappropriately with feminine performers.
According to the investigation, greater than two dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice lecturers and backstage workers mentioned they witnessed or skilled such acts by the 79-year-old singer at totally different opera homes over a span of not less than twenty years.
The guild’s investigation was the primary of two impartial inquiries launched after a number of ladies accused Domingo of sexual harassment and abusing his energy in two Associated Press tales printed final 12 months.
The second inquiry, which remains to be ongoing, was launched by LA Opera, the place Domingo had been normal director since 2003 earlier than resigning in October.
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Spain’s Teatro Real opera home mentioned it should maintain a gathering to debate whether or not or to not proceed with Domingo in its staging of La Traviata in May. Teatro Real press chief Jose Maria Noguerol mentioned the theatre’s govt fee would maintain the assembly quickly, however couldn’t say precisely when.
He additionally mentioned the theatre has requested a duplicate of the U.S. investigators’ findings.
The Salzburg Festival mentioned Tuesday it should additionally search additional info from the U.S. investigation in mild of Domingo’s scheduled live performance performances in an August 2020 manufacturing of I Vespri Siciliani.
“The Salzburg Festival intends to acquire complete info on the investigations at the moment underway within the U.S. earlier than it considers additional steps, and can then inform the press of its choice,” organizers mentioned in a press release.