The Philadelphia Orchestra Association "has withdrawn its invitation to Placido Domingo so that it appears as part of its premiere night concert on September 18, 2019. "This was communicated through a tweet on the afternoon of this Tuesday."We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, respectful and appropriate environment for the Orchestra and staff, for collaborating artists and composers, and for our audience and our community. Information about the opening artists and changes in the program will be announced at a later date, "they have posted on their official Twitter account.
This is the first cancellation of a Sunday performance after hearing the news that nine women accuse him of sexual harassment. For the moment, the rest of his agenda continues as it was just before the US AP agency published its research a few hours ago. Her next performance, at the Salzburg Festival, has been backed by the event's president, Helga Rabl-Stadler. He has confirmed that the Spanish tenor will perform there, as planned, on August 25 and 31 at Verdi's opera Luisa Miller. "I have known Plácido Domingo for more than 25 years. From the beginning he has impressed me, along with his artistic ability, his respectful ways with all the workers of the Festival," Rabl-Stadler said in a statement sent to Efe.
The president said that Plácido Domingo "knows all the names, from the doorman to the secretary (of the Festival) and thanks every little help." "If the accusations against him had also occurred at the Festival headquarters, I would have known for sure," he adds.
The Associated Press agency has published a report this morning with testimonials of nine women (eight singers and a dancer), who accuse the tenor of 78 years of sexual harassment, allegedly happened in the last 30 years. Domingo has responded to these accusations by underlining that he believed "always" that all his relations with women were welcome and consensual, and he had considered the accusations against him "inaccurate."
"I recognize that the norms and standards of today are very different today than they were in the past. I am fortunate and privileged to have a career of more than 50 years in the opera and I will maintain the highest standards," added the artist, director of the Opera of the Angels.
Rabl-Stadler, who is also a jurist, stresses that the principle of in dubio pro reo, a Latin phrase expresses the principle that in the absence of evidence, the accused should be favored. "I consider it objectively incorrect and humanly irresponsible to take a final judgment at this time and make decisions on that basis," said the head of the Festival on Sunday's performance at Luisa Miller on August 25.
The artistic director of the Festival, Markus Hinterhäuser, the commercial director, Lukas Crepaz, and herself agree that Plácido Domingo sings, as planned, in Luisa Miller at the 2019 Festival, concludes the statement signed by the president . Festival sources have explained to Efe that Domingo is not in Salzburg at the moment. The Salzburg Summer Festival, one of the most prestigious in Europe, has a long artistic relationship with Plácido Domingo, which lasts more than half a century.
The Palau de les Arts has condemned workplace harassment and sexist violence in society in general and in the world of culture in particular. Regarding the allegations of sexual harassment against Plácido Domingo, the organization has indicated that they will wait for the facts to be clarified in order to act accordingly and take action, under the presumption of innocence. Even so, the center clarifies that it has no connection with the tenor and that Domingo only selects the students of the Improvement Center, together with a commission of experts formed by eight other people.
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