No matter his future in America, opera star Placido Domingo should have a spot to carry out in Europe regardless of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate habits.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera canceled scheduled performances by Domingo Tuesday after The Related Press revealed a narrative in which quite a few ladies stated that Domingo used his energy within the opera world to attempt to stress them into sexual relationships. The Los Angeles Opera, the place Domingo has been normal director since 2003, introduced it will rent outdoors counsel to analyze the claims.
However throughout the Atlantic, there have been no rapid cancellations and a few even supplied phrases of help for the 78-year-old Domingo. Opera officers famous that no prices had been introduced towards Domingo and no formal judicial investigations had been underway that may present authorized underpinning to cancel any contractual obligations.
One such official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, instructed AP that Domingo’s standing as some of the standard and influential figures within the opera world might set off a backlash towards European venues if performances had been canceled with out due course of.
“Some attitudes, seen in hindsight, danger being misunderstood,” cultural journalist Leonetta Bentivoglio wrote Wednesday within the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “That he [Domingo] was a Don Juan was one thing everybody knew, and within the promiscuous theater world he’s not alone. We should add that his appeal has at all times attracted a crowd of ladies, and infrequently it was he who needed to defend himself.”
Bentivoglio recalled an incident at a Paris resort throughout Domingo’s “Three Tenors” heyday with Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, when he requested journalists to fake to accompany him within the elevator “to flee to his room with out being adopted by some lovely younger ladies,” who had been in pursuit.
“These are troublesome tales to inform within the slippery period of #MeToo,” she wrote.
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Three Spanish sopranos have additionally come to Domingo’s protection, saying that they’ve by no means skilled the form of habits described within the AP story, which included accusations that he put his hand down one girl’s skirt and compelled moist kisses on three others. All the allegations had been associated to incidents in the USA, spanning 20 years starting within the late 1980s.
Spain’s Europa Press information company on Wednesday quoted Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez as saying she “by no means felt the least indication of what they accuse the maestro of,” including that Domingo had at all times proven her and theater employees “the utmost of respect, with the humbleness and generosity that characterizes him.”
Fellow Spanish soprano Pilar Jurado stated that Domingo had at all times behaved “as an ideal gentleman” along with her and Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta expressed shock on the allegations, saying she thought of Domingo and his spouse to be household.
“I do not know if he may need flirted and scored. That form of factor went on earlier than and nonetheless does now, however I do know he’s not a harasser, I might put my hand within the fireplace on it,” Arteta instructed the Spanish day by day El Pais.
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In keeping with Domingo’s web site, 19 of his 24 scheduled engagements by way of November 2020 are on European phases. Upcoming performances in Salzburg, Milan, London, Zurich, Cologne, Hamburg and Geneva had been nonetheless on however some venues stated they might monitor the investigation in Los Angeles. Different venues postponed remark, citing the summer season vacation.
Domingo acquired help from the Salzburg Competition in Austria, his subsequent scheduled efficiency on Aug. 31, in addition to from some singers who’ve shared the stage with him.
Salzburg Competition president Helga Rabl-Stadler, who stated she has recognized Domingo for 25 years and has lengthy appreciated each his “inventive competence” and “appreciative remedy of all pageant workers,” stated “it will be factually mistaken and morally irresponsible to make irreversible judgments at this level.”
The Hamburg opera home in Germany additionally stated Domingo’s Nov. 27 look there was nonetheless on, citing the shortage of any authorized motion towards the tenor.
“As a public establishment we neither tolerate nor trivialize sexual assaults, however we’re additionally sure by the rules of the rule of legislation in our actions. Legitimate contracts with the live performance promoter exist for the looks of Plácido Domingo,” the opera home stated in a press release. “Topic to additional developments, the live performance will due to this fact happen as deliberate.”
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Domingo didn’t reply to detailed questions from the AP about particular incidents however issued a press release calling the allegations “deeply troubling, and as offered, inaccurate.”
“I believed that each one of my interactions and relationships had been at all times welcomed and consensual. Individuals who know me or who’ve labored with me know that I’m not somebody who would deliberately hurt, offend, or embarrass anybody,” the assertion stated. “Nonetheless, I acknowledge that the principles and requirements by which we’re —and must be — measured towards at present are very completely different than they had been previously. I’m blessed and privileged to have had a greater than 50-year profession in opera and can maintain myself to the best requirements.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.