The Hamburg Opera will decide on the performance of Placido Domingo as part of the cast of the opera ‘Simon Boccanegra’, by Giuseppe Verdi, the days March 22 and 26 and April 2, after “exchanging information” with other European theaters, after the tenor recognized last Tuesday in a statement on “pain caused” to several women. “We take this matter very seriously. The Hamburg Opera is closely involved in the latest developments of the case and stays informed. It will also exchange information with other institutions in Europe and then the result will be made public, “the institution explained in a statement sent to Europa Press.
This decision of the Staatsoper Hamburg occurs after the cancellation of the tenor performances planned for this year in the Spanish theaters of Real and La Zarzuela. Also in Spain the concert of Plácido Domingo has been canceled at the International Festival of Music and Dance ‘Ciudad de Úbeda’ (Jaén), scheduled for next May 3.
Precisely, last Tuesday, the day that the first statement of Sunday was known, sources from the Hamburg Opera pointed out to Europa Press that, “if nothing happens that questions it, it will perform as planned” the actions planned in this colosseum Spanish tenor.
On the contrary, a spokesman for Russian Bolshoi Theater has confirmed to Europa Press that the performance of the Spanish tenor planned for the days is maintained April 23 and 26 within the cast of ‘La traviata’ by Verdi. “The agenda does not change after cancellations in Spain,” he added.
In this same line, the Bavarian State Opera It has also joined to confirm the participation of Plácido Domingo in its programming. The singer has planned his presence in two works of the institution: on the one hand, in ‘Nabucco’ on July 27 and 30.
Other institutions such as Arena di Verona Foundation They also confirmed the planned actions with Plácido Domingo “as planned”, before knowing the decision of the Spanish theaters – in Verona will be with ‘Aída’ on June 25 and will return on July 7 for an event of the Opera–. The Sunday agenda also includes performances in Moscow, London, Florence, Munich or Salzburg.
Research and apologies
The statement of Plácido Domingo was released the same day on which the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) made the findings of the investigation public around the allegations of several women against Plácido Domingo, to which the Associated Press agency had access.
The union lawyers concluded that the tenor has shown a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power by at least two decades ago.
Subsequently, in a second statement sent last Thursday, February 27, the tenor qualified his statements and denied having had any aggressive behavior or hindered anyone’s career. In addition to the cancellations in the Zarzuela and the Real and the Úbeda festival, in Spain the decision of the Palau de las Arts to remove the name of Plácido Domingo from its Improvement Center has also been added.
These are not the first cancellations of Sunday’s actions on this matter. However, so far they had occurred on the American side, before this second statement.
So, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Opera or the San Francisco Opera they canceled their concerts, while it was Domingo himself who announced that he would not perform again at the New York Opera after canceling his performance of ‘Macbeth last September.