“It is a canallada”. So forceful was showed yesterday Ainhoa Arteta when asked about the allegations of sexual harassment made against Plácido Domingo. The soprano from san sebastian, who yesterday sang “Madama Butterfly” in San Sebastian, and preferred to concentrate on function and do not enter into the matter, gave its first steps in the lyric of the hand of the singer in madrid; in 1993 he was one of the winners of the first edition of Operalia, a competition that sponsors and organizes Sunday. Another of the voices that he had at the now baritone of the madrid very near its beginning is the soprano Angeles Blancas; their first work together was the recording of the opera “El gato montés” and, later, Domingo invited her to one of the galas of Kings that starred in Madrid. “What I can say is that Placid has always been very polite and respectful to me -he said yesterday on ABC-; I have had neither with him nor with anyone no problem in that sense. My career has developed through other avenues; I have never asked for anything nor have I called never to your door”.
Glances and innuendo
The soprano from madrid surprised that the alleged harassment has come to light thirty years after they occur. “What in the world of opera there are glances and innuendo? Of course, the power has been exercised always in very different ways, but not only in the world of opera. And throughout my career I have heard many stories, also from Placid, though no one has told me to me who has lived a similar situation. And how many times there is nothing true in what it has, and the only aim is to draw attention”. Situations such as the accused now to Sunday, insists the sopranos, have always existed on the part of singers, directors, officers, agents, journalists… “Now there is a power gay… What must an artist do is say no, not routed, maintained and, if you come up with worse things, because you come out worse,” concludes Angels in White. Another woman that has come out in defense of Sunday is Pilar Jurado, soprano, composer and president of the SGAE. In a statement to Ep, he has defined the singer as “a perfect gentleman. It’s complicated because I don’t know what that has lived through other people and I can not say if it is truth or a lie, because it was not there. But I can tell you that with me the relationship with him has been a perfect gentleman and affectivity absolute”.
The effects of the scandal have not been made wait. The Philadelphia Orchestra has canceled the participation of Plácido Domingo in their opening concert of the season, the 18th of September. The San Francisco Opera suppressed other than the Spanish tenor was scheduled for 6 October. The Los Angeles Opera house, of which he is director general since 2003, will open an investigation with “external advice”. By against, the president of the Salzburg Festival, Helga Rabl-Stadler, confirmed that the tenor will act there, as scheduled, on 25 and 31 August. “I know Placido Domingo for more than 25 years. From the beginning I have been impressed with their modes respectful to all the workers of the Festival,” he said. Also the Palau de les Arts in Valencia maintains the participation of Sunday in “Nabucco” in December, and will wait for the resolution of the case to “act accordingly”.
Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/cultura/abci-mundo-opera-defiende-modos-respetuosos-placido-domingo-201908140248_noticia.html