Plácido Domingo Dismissed From 50th Anniversary Celebration at Teatro del la Zarzuela in Madrid

By David Salazar

The Ministry of Culture and Sports in Spain has canceled Plácido Domingo’s participation at the Teatro de la Zarzuela this May.

The performances were supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famed tenor’s first performance in Madrid.

“Faced with the difficult situation and after Domingo’s own statements in which he took complete responsibility for his actions, the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música, in solidarity with the women affected, has taken the decision to cancel his performances at the Teatro Nacional de la Zarzuela on May 14 and 15,” the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música said in an official statement per ABC Cultura.

Domingo was supposed to take on the role of Vidal in “Luisa Fernanda” on May 14, which was the date of his Madrid debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, where he sang “La Gioconda.” He was set to conduct the performance on the 15th. Per the statement, the production of “Luisa Fernanda” will go on without Domingo.

While American theaters have been quick to cut ties with Domingo since allegations of sexual misconduct came to light in August, European companies have stayed true to the famed superstar. This is the first instance of a European institutions ending its association with the tenor.