Plácido Domingo Returns To The Stage To 18-Minutes Of Ovations

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

After renouncing to his position at the LA Opera and ending his relation with the Metropolitan Opera in the midst of allegations over sexual misconduct, Plácido Domingo returned to the stage on Oct. 13, 2019.

The famed singer took the stage of the Opernhaus Zurich for the title role of Verdi’s “Nabucco” and received ovations the moment he entered the stage; the audience continued to show its appreciate throughout the evening, ending the performance with seven minutes of ovations. According to ABC Cultura the audience also threatened to stop the show after Domingo sang “Dio di Giuda!” receiving various minutes of applause. According to reports, Domingo received a total of 18 minutes of ovations throughout the evening.

According to Europa News a spokesperson for the Openhaus Zurich stated that “We have given a lot of thought about the upcoming performance of Plácido Domingo as Nabucco on Oct. 13 and we take the matter very seriously. The Zurich Opera commits to establishing a work environment which is free of sexual harassment.”

He is next set to perform at in Moscow for a gala concert and is set to return to the Wiener Staatsoper for “Macbeth” at the end of the month and will also return to the Palau de les Arts for “Nabucco.” He celebrates his 50th anniversary at the Teatro alla Scala in December.

Domingo, who was accused by 20 women of sexual misconduct, will no longer perform in the U.S. Since allegations cropped up in mid-August, Domingo’s contracts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Opera were terminated.