Plácido Domingo Will Make 2019-20 Appearance At Teatro Real De Madrid Despite Sexual Harassment Allegations

By David Salazar

The Teatro Real de Madrid has issued its statement in support of native son Plácido Domingo in the midst of accusations of sexual harassment by the Spanish opera star.

The company released a press statement on Saturday noting that it was supporting Domingo’s artistry and allowing him to perform during the 2019-20 season. Moreover it asked that any accusations be proven “at the corresponding moment.”

Here is the statement translated from Spanish.

“1. The Teatro Real reiterates its admiration and recognition for Plácio Domingo for everything that his extraordinary career represents for opera in Spain and internationally and for his exemplary trajectory with this institution. He will thus reaffirm this with his next interpretations in “La Traviata,” as Giorgio Germont, at the Teatro Real.

2. The Teatro Real wants to manifest that it has zero tolerance for any conduct that includes sexual abuse or harassment, and completely supports victims of such actions.

3. Finally, the Teatro Real also considers that accusations of such behavior, given the consequences, must be proven at the corresponding moment of occurrence.”

The Teatro Real is the latest European theater to make a statement of solidarity toward Domingo. The Salzburg Festival was the first to come out in support of Domingo, stating that it would allow him to perform at this year’s festival. Only companies in the United States have cut ties with the famed tenor, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera.

However, unlike other companies, the Teatro Real de Madrid not state whether it would await the pending investigation from the Los Angeles Opera regarding Domingo’s behavior as general manager. Other companies, such as the Metropolitan Opera and Zurich Opera have noted that they will await those results before taking any consequential action regarding their relationship with Domingo.