MADRID — Spanish opera star Placido Domingo was honored with an award at Madrid’s Teatro Actual on Thursday, a day after receiving a standing ovation for his first efficiency in his dwelling nation since a union mentioned he had routinely harassed ladies.
Spain final 12 months cancelled deliberate performances by Domingo at publicly funded theaters, whereas the singer pulled out of exhibits after an investigation by the American Guild of Musical Artists concluded he had behaved inappropriately with feminine performers.
Greater than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice lecturers and backstage employees mentioned they witnessed or skilled inappropriate behaviour during the last three many years.
U.S. establishments together with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the San Francisco Opera cancelled deliberate engagements with Domingo and he resigned as normal director of the Los Angeles Opera.
Domingo has apologized for having made colleagues really feel uncomfortable however denies having behaved aggressively or appearing to impede any fellow performer’s profession. A consultant for Domingo mentioned the singer “has by no means been investigated or tried by any court docket or different institutional investigative physique on any cost.”
His return to Madrid on Wednesday for a charity live performance in help of the Crimson Cross drew an enormous crowd, together with regional chief Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who mentioned it was a “supply of satisfaction” to have the singer again in Spain.
Arriving on the ceremony, wherein he was awarded the title of honorary ambassador for world heritage in Spain, Domingo spoke of the satisfaction he felt to be again and the joys of the day prior to this’s present.
“I really feel nice emotion, it’s my metropolis, the nice metropolis of Madrid. … After singing final night time … it was such a particular night time I really feel I’ve all of the power.”
Followers exterior the live performance defended Domingo’s legacy.
“We love him and we observe him virtually anyplace. … We love him as an individual as an artist as a singer,” mentioned Wilda from South Germany, who travels the world attending his live shows.
Equality Minister Irene Montero, a number one determine within the feminist motion in Spain, criticised those that had applauded the singer.
“I would really like them to ask themselves what message they’re sending to those ladies and to those that are sexually assaulted daily in our nation,” Montero tweeted.
Neither the Crimson Cross, nor the Affiliation for the Dissemination and Promotion of Spanish World Heritage, which organized the award ceremony, might be reached for remark.
In line with his web site, he is because of sing or conduct in France, Germany, Italy and Russia this 12 months, amongst different nations, however no U.S. venues are listed.
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