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Dallas Opera cancels Placido Domingo event amid sexual harassment allegations

Dallas Opera cancels Placido Domingo event amid harassment allegations

Opera singer Placido Domingo
Placido Domingo Courtesy photo

The Dallas Opera has canceled a special spring gala starring legendary tenor Plácido Domingo.

On September 5, TDO released a statement that said, "In light of ongoing developments regarding allegations made against Plácido Domingo, The Dallas Opera has decided to cancel the March 11, 2020 gala, in which he was scheduled to perform. Information on future TDO special events will be announced at a later date."

At least 20 women have accused Domingo of sexual harassment, which has made international headlines in recent weeks.

An explosive Associated Press story on August 9 said, "for decades, Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press."

Domingo has denied the allegations and disputed the reports. Through his spokesperson, he has said, "I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual."

In 1961, Domingo, the sensational young Spanish tenor, made his American opera debut at the Dallas Civic Opera, singing the role of Arturo with the great Joan Sutherland in Lucia di Lammermoor.

The March 2020 performance was to have marked the first time since that storied performance that he would thrill Dallas audiences in an exclusive performance with conductor Emmanuel Villaume and The Dallas Opera Orchestra.

As of September 5, the event page has been removed from TDO's website.