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Placido Domingo
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Placido Domingo

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite sexual harassment claims

The 80-year-old opera legend has withdrawn from all U.S. shows since accusations of sexual misconduct emerged last year; Tel Aviv's opera, where Domingo spent 3 years as a resident in the 60s, stands by decision

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Published: 02.19.20 , 09:17
Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a week-long singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year.
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  • Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year detailed accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.
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    Placido Domingo
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    While American outlets have dropped Domingo, he continues to perform in Europe. He received a standing ovation in Milan in December and had two sold-out shows in Berlin in January.
    Domingo's Operalia, an annual opera singing competition, will take place at Tel Aviv's opera house from Oct. 22 to 28.
    The Israeli Opera's decision to host Domingo in spite of the allegations against him has angered Israeli activists.
    The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel wrote on its Facebook page that "the entire world is renouncing the serial assaulter, and only Israel receives him with open arms."
    "But leave it to the Israel Opera to receive someone who in other places has turned into an outcast in light of his actions, and gladly announced his arrival to the country," the organization said.
    The Israeli Opera said in a statement that it has a "very strict policy" against any kind of harassment but said there has been "no official report" about the AP claims.
    "Since many leading opera houses around the world decided to continue to invite Mr. Domingo to perform on their stages," it added, "the Israeli Opera saw no reason not to act in the same way."
    Domingo spent three of his early years as an opera performer in the as a resident at Tel Aviv's opera in the 1960s.

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