San Francisco Opera Cancels Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

By David Salazar

The San Francisco Opera has canceled its Oct. 6, 2019 performance that was to celebrate Plácido Domingo’s 50th anniversary with the organization.

The event was canceled in light of the accusations of sexual harassment leveled against Domingo by nine women.

“The decision to cancel the concert was made after recent news reports of multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Though the alleged incidents reported did not take place at San Francisco Opera, the Company is unable to present the artist on the War Memorial Opera House stage,” said a press release. “San Francisco Opera is committed to its strong anti-sexual harassment policy and requires all Company members to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct. San Francisco Opera places a great priority on creating a safe and secure environment where everyone can focus on their work and art, and in which colleagues are treated with respect, dignity and collegiality.

The San Francisco Opera is the second major organization in the world to cut ties with the tenor immediately after the accusations of inappropriate behavior spread. The Philadelphia Orchestra also canceled its concert with Domingo. Meanwhile the Metropolitan Opera and LA Opera are waiting on more information before determining their future relationships with the opera superstar.