Organizers: Plácido Domingo to be absent from Batuta Prizes

Placido Domingo

FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Spanish tenor Placido Domingo gives details about the opera competition Operalia at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Opera star Placido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera following multiple allegations of sexual harassment reported by The Associated Press. In a statement Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, Domingo said the allegations have “created an atmosphere in which my ability to serve this company that I so love has been compromised.” He has served as general director since 2003. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Organizers of this weekend’s Batuta Prizes in Mexico say opera star Plácido Domingo will not attend, following multiple allegations from women who say the legendary Spanish tenor sexually harassed them over decades.

Domingo was to be honored with other “great masters” of classical music at a concert-gala Saturday in the capital.

But organizers said Thursday in a statement they would “deeply regret (his) absence.” They did not give further details but expressed hope for his “situation to be cleared up for the benefit of all parties involved.”

Domingo resigned Wednesday as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, saying his ability to continue was “compromised.”

The allegations of misconduct by Domingo at Los Angeles and other opera companies around the U.S. were first reported in August by The Associated Press.

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