Orchestra banned from performing with Placido Domingo by Spanish authorities due to sexual harassment allegations
- A regional government has banned an orchestra from performing with tenor Placido Domingo at the upcoming Stone and Music festival in Merida
- The Orchestra of Extremadura would play with Domingo in September
- Decision came after objections to using public money to fund the performance
- Several women have accused the singer of unwanted physical contact for decades
- Domingo initially apologized, but since then denied any inappropriate behavior
An orchestra has been banned from performing with Placido Domingo at an upcoming festival due to allegations of sexual harassment against the tenor.
The Orchestra of Extremadura was set to perform with the famous opera singer at the Stone and Music festival in September, but the Spanish province’s government voted over the weekend to ban it.
The move followed objections to the performance, which would become the main concert at the Roman amphitheater in Merida, with some saying it was inappropriate to use public money to fund a Domingo performance.
Irene de Miguel, a spokesman for the United Assembly for Extremadura group, had said in connection with Domingo’s performance, which was announced Friday, that it was “shameful and regrettable” that public funds were being used to organize an event. to support with ‘a person denounced by countless women as sexual harassment.’
Following the decision to cancel the performance, the board of directors of the Junta de Extremadura has announced that the programming of any event sponsored by the regional government must be approved, Operawire reported.
An orchestra banned from performing with Placido Domingo (pictured) at an upcoming festival due to allegations of sexual harassment against the tenor
Several women have accused the 80-year-old singer of unwanted physical contact, including forced kissing and fondling, which reportedly took place over more than three decades.
The allegations have led to Domingo being blacklisted by several opera houses, including many in the United States.
In March 2020, a Los Angeles Opera investigation concluded that ten allegations against the Spanish opera star between 1986 and 2019 were credible.
Domingo, who ran the opera house until October 2019, initially apologized but later denied any wrongdoing, saying, “I have never behaved aggressively towards anyone, nor have I ever done anything to hinder or harm anyone’s career.”
After the allegations first came to light in August 2019, the American Guild of Musical Artists investigated and found Domingo guilty of sexual misconduct.
The move prompted several Spanish institutions to cut ties with the tenor, but some have since rekindled their relationship.
In March 2020, a Los Angeles Opera investigation concluded that ten allegations against the Spanish opera star between 1986 and 2019 were credible [File photo]
In June he was invited to perform at a benefit gala and was awarded the title of Honorary Ambassador of the World Heritage of Spain by the Association for the Dissemination and Promotion of the World Heritage of Spain.
He will perform this month in Spain at the Starlite de Marbella festival.
Although he has not worked in the US since the investigations were completed, he has scheduled appearances in Italy, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Austria and Monte Carlo in the coming months.
Domingo is credited with bringing opera to large audiences through his performances as part of the three tenors alongside legendary singers Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras.
The act became one of the world’s biggest box office draws in the 1990s and 2000s, with major stadium concerts and worldwide tours.
The group’s performance at the opening ceremony of the 1990 World Cup in Rome was watched by a television audience of more than 800 million.
Domingo (left) is credited with bringing opera to large audiences through his performances as part of the three tenors alongside legendary singers Luciano Pavarotti (right) and Jose Carreras (second from left). Pictured: The three tenors with conductor Zubin Mehta in 1993