Tokyo Olympics 2020: Opera singer Placido Domingo pulls out of cultural event, cites 'complexity'

Placido Domingo, who had been set to participate in an event fusing opera and Japan’s traditional kabuki, resigned last month as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, saying accusations of sexual misconduct had compromised his ability to continue.

Reuters November 08, 2019 17:30:23 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Opera singer Placido Domingo pulls out of cultural event, cites 'complexity'
  • 'After thoughtful consideration I have made the decision not to participate in the kabuki-opera event due to the complexity of the project,' Domingo said in the statement

  • The panel added that after consultation, it had accepted Domingo's decision not to take part in the April program, part of 'Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival'

  • This year more than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff said they had witnessed or experienced inappropriate behavior by Domingo toward women

Tokyo: Opera singer Placido Domingo has withdrawn from a pre-Olympics theatrical event set for next spring, he said in a statement issued by Tokyo Olympics organizers on Friday, citing the “complexity” of the project.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opera singer Placido Domingo pulls out of cultural event cites complexity

Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9 next year. AFP

Domingo, who had been set to participate in an event fusing opera and Japan’s traditional kabuki to kick off a cultural festival, resigned last month as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, saying accusations of sexual misconduct had compromised his ability to continue.

“After thoughtful consideration I have made the decision not to participate in the kabuki-opera event due to the complexity of the project,” Domingo said in the statement, issued by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The panel added that after consultation, it had accepted Domingo’s decision not to take part in the April program, part of a “Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival” to promote Japanese culture.

This year more than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff said they had witnessed or experienced inappropriate behavior by Domingo towards women at different opera houses over the last three decades.

He has disputed the accusations.

In September, Domingo pulled out from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York at the last minute, and said he would never perform there again.

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