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SF Opera Cancels Placido Domingo Concert Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Placido Domingo speaks onstage at his 50th anniversary celebration in 2018 in New York City.  (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco Opera has canceled an upcoming, sold-out performance by Placido Domingo in the wake of an Associated Press story about multiple women accusing the opera star of sexual misconduct. 

Domingo had been scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House on Oct. 6 in a special concert celebrating 50 years of collaboration with the San Francisco Opera. 

The Accusers Speak

But in a statement, the company said it can no longer go ahead with the event owing to the allegations brought forward by nine women, accusing the celebrated, 78-year-old singer of unwanted sexual advances that took place over several decades starting in the 1980s.

“Though the alleged incidents reported did not take place at San Francisco Opera,” the statement reads in part, “the Company is unable to present the artist on the War Memorial Opera House stage.”


Last year, the opera company took similar action against David Daniels after the acclaimed countertenor was accused of sexual assault. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra has also dropped an upcoming appearance by Domingo from its schedule. The Los Angeles Opera, where Domingo has served as general director for more than 15 years, is launching an investigation into his conduct.

Domingo issued a statement calling the allegations against him troubling and inaccurate.

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