Philadelphia Orchestra Drops Plácido Domingo From Opening Night Concert

By Francisco Salazar

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has withdrawn its invitation to Plácido Domingo to appear as part of its Opening Night.

The Orchestra announced in a press statement that the famed singer will no longer perform on Sept. 18, 2019.

In a press statement, the association said, “We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, respectful, and appropriate environment for the Orchestra and staff, for collaborating artists and composers, and for our audiences and communities. Information about Opening Night artist and program changes will be announced at a later date.”

Domingo was slated to open the season with Operalia winner Adela Zaharia and Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia orchestra. The concert was set to include Italian arias and duets.

The legendary singer was recently accused of sexual harassment by eight singers and one dancer. Domingo has denied the allegations and is still set to perform on August 25 at the Salzburg Festival per the festival’s statement.