Report: Placido Domingo pulls out on eve of New York Met opening

NEW YORK, Christina Horsten (dpa)- With just one day to go until the New York Metropolitan Opera celebrates its opening night with Verdi's "Macbeth," star singer Placido Domingo withdrew from the performance amid allegations of sexual harassment, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
"While I strongly dispute recent allegations made about me, and I am concerned about a climate in which people are condemned without due process, upon reflection I believe that my appearance in this production of 'Macbeth' would distract from the hard work of my colleagues both onstage and behind the scenes," Domingo was quoted as saying.

"As a result, I have asked to withdraw and I thank the leadership of the Met for graciously granting my request," he went on.
The 78-year-old opera veteran indicated that he would not return to the Met, saying that he considered the "Macbeth" dress rehearsal his "last performance on the Met stage."
"The Metropolitan Opera confirms that Placido Domingo has agreed to withdraw from all future performances at the Met, effective immediately," a statement from the Met, cited by the Times, said.
The "Macbeth" performance on Wednesday, in which Domingo was to play the title role, would have been his first at the renowned New York opera house since the allegations of harassment came to light.
Several female singers and one dancer have accused the Spanish singer of unwanted kisses, hugs, nightly telephone calls and of pressuring them to meet him privately. Domingo has rejected their accounts as "inaccurate."
The scandal surrounding the popular opera performer, a tenor for most of his career who now sings mainly baritone parts, has divided fans and cultural institutions.
In the US, the San Francisco Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra cancelled concerts planned for Domingo; while at the Salzburg Festival in Austria in August, he received a standing ovation in his first performance since the damaging claims emerged.

Saturday, September 28th 2019
Christina Horsten (dpa)

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