August 25, 2019

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Placido Domingo, cheered in Salzburg after accusations of sexual harassment

The tenor Placido Domingo has been received by the public standing in the Salzburg Auditorium (Vienna), between applause and "braves", in his first performance following accusations of sexual harassment against him published a few weeks ago.

In images and videos disseminated on social networks by attendees, the public has begun to applaud Domingo, and, within a few seconds, he has mostly stood up, between shouts of "bravo". The Spanish tenor, accompanied by the rest of the cast, has responded by tilting his head.

In the middle of this week it was known that Domingo had started the rehearsals, as a photo showed with part of the team uploaded to a social network in what was his first public appearance after the accusations.

This week, the soprano Nino Machaidze posted on Instagram a photo of the essay in which she appeared next to Placido Domingo and two other people, whom she described as "family." "I always feel happy with this role, especially when colleagues are such amazing people and such good musicians, as well as great friends and wonderful people," he said on the social network.

Precisely, the Salzburg festival was among the first to confirm the presence of the tenor when the accusations to the singer were known. “I have known Plácido Domingo for more than 25 years. In addition to her artistic competence, I was impressed from the beginning by her affectionate treatment of all festival employees, ”said the event's president, Helga Rabl-Stadler.

The scheduled presence of Sunday in the different events throughout the year has been different, especially if they were concerts in the United States or in Europe. In the European continent, although most of the organizers have confirmed the presence of the tenor, some have indicated in declarations to Europa Press that they are “waiting” to know more information regarding future investigations.

For example, the Hamburg State Opera – where Domingo's presence with ‘Simon Boccanegra’ is expected in March 2020 – has reiterated that he “takes the charges very seriously”. "We will follow the development of this case very closely, we will have discussions and then we will make a decision based on it," a spokesman for the institution has pointed out to Europa Press.

In both Cologne and Krakow, the institutions that will host two Sunday concerts (December 19 and 22, respectively) have indicated that "for the moment" they are maintained, but will depend on the final decision of the promoter.

The tenor Placido Domingo

The tenor Placido Domingo
(Damian Dovarganes / AP)

"We do not have the authority to decide the cancellation of the concert and it is in the hands of the promoter, who has a contractual relationship with the tenor and for the moment has not pronounced," they explained from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, which will host a concert in December of this year.

“JVS is the group in charge of organizing this concert and all the changes that are taken are at its least, but today we can say that everything continues as agreed. If there were any changes, it would be announced ”, they have pointed to Europa Press from the Tauron Arena, where another concert of the Spanish tenor is also planned in December.

Other recent confirmations have been those of the Staatsoper in Berlin, with a performance by Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo scheduled for January 2020. "The performances will take place as planned," an opera spokesperson told Europa Press. Sunday will attend the Berlin theater from January 16 to 19 with con La Traviata ’, the same title that will close the next season of the Teatro Real in Madrid, in May 2020.

In this way, the institution chose to continue with the tenor's performances, as the Royal Theater of Madrid or La Scala in Milan have recently done.

Research at the Los Angeles Opera

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Opera, which announced an investigation into the accusations against Domingo – director general of the institution – has hired lawyer Debra Wong Yang, from the Gibson law firm, Dunn & Crutcher, to carry out this “exhaustive and independent” process, as they have pointed out from the institution.

Yang is a former United States attorney and judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, as well as and has investigated other cases of similar behavior, according to ‘Los Angeles Times’. Specifically, in 2017 the University of Southern California (USC) turned to Yang to investigate the behavior of Carmen Puliafito, former dean of the medical school accused of using drugs and participating in parties with prostitutes.

Cancellations in the United States

On the contrary, the Dallas Opera, which currently maintains the Sunday performance scheduled for March 11, 2020, has reiterated in a statement sent to Europa Press that it is following “the development” of these complaints “very closely ”To make a final decision. "As we said before, providing our employees, sponsors and guest artists with a safe and secure environment remains a priority," he said.

Other American spaces such as the Philadelphia Orchestra or the San Francisco Opera have canceled their concerts, in addition to others such as the Metropolitan are waiting to know the results of the Los Angeles Opera investigation.