OPERA NEWS - Dallas Opera Announces Cancellation of March Gala Featuring Plácido Domingo
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5 September 2019

Dallas Opera Announces Cancellation of March Gala Featuring Plácido Domingo

DALLAS OPERA announced today that it has canceled a March gala that was to have featured Plácido Domingo, citing "ongoing developments regarding allegations" made against the legendary singer, conductor and administrator.  

News of the elimination of the gala, which had been scheduled for March 11, 2020, amounts to the third high-profile cancellation of an event featuring Domingo by an American opera company or orchestra, and follows two recent reports by the Associated Press in which numerous women alleged that Domingo sexually harassed them or attempted to pressure them into sexual relationships by promising career advancement. Domingo made his United States debut singing in a 1961 Dallas Opera performance of Lucia di Lammermoor that featured Joan Sutherland in the title role.  

Following the publication of the Associated Press's first story in August, LA Opera, where Domingo serves as General Director, announced that it intended to launch an investigation. "We believe all employees and artists should be treated respectfully and feel safe and secure within their work environment," read a statement published to LA Opera's Twitter account at the time. "LA Opera has robust human resources policies and procedures in place. In accordance with those policies, LA Opera will engage outside counsel to investigate the concerning allegations about Plácido Domingo." 

On Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press published a second story documenting additional allegations by eleven women who came forward following the August report. 

A spokeswoman for Domingo, Nancy Seltzer, responded to the allegations in a statement that was sent to the Associated Press and the New York Times: “The ongoing campaign by The A.P. to denigrate Plácido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical. These new claims are riddled with inconsistencies and, as with the first story, in many ways, simply incorrect. Due to an ongoing investigation, we will not comment on specifics, but we strongly dispute the misleading picture that The A.P. is attempting to paint of Mr. Domingo.”

San Francisco Opera, which had scheduled an October 6 concert featuring Domingo, announced in August it has canceled that performance, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was to have featured Domingo as part of its opening-night program on September 18, also withdrew its invitation to the singer. On August 13, the Metropolitan Opera—where Domingo is scheduled to sing the title role in Verdi's Macbeth and the role of Sharpless in performances of Madama Butterfly next season—issued a statement to NPR saying that it intends to wait for the results of LA Opera's investigation before determining next steps. spacer

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