MADRID, 24 Sep. | –
Conductor and singer Placido Domingo has regretted not being able to perform this Saturday, September 25, with the Extremadura Orchestra at the closing concert of the Stone & Music Festival in Mérida, after the veto of his performance by the Junta de Extremadura. The singer has apologized for the allegations of sexual abuse, but has specified that “apologizing does not mean having committed abuse.”
Domingo has assured to be “very happy “to return to perform in Mérida after 30 years, but he has described it as” sad “not to do it with the Extremadura Orchestra. The singer will be accompanied this Saturday on the stage of the Roman Theater by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Spain.
The Junta de Extremadura expressed its rejection of the opera singer’s performance within the festival programming for the accusations of sexual abuse and agreed as a result, in addition, that the programming of any concert, festival or event that is sponsored by the regional Administration must be approved prior to the granting of said sponsorship.
“I regret not being able to perform with the Extremadura Orchestra, I come from doing concerts in cities throughout Europe, including Madrid and Marbella, where I have been received with much affection everywhere“, explained the singer in statements made to Europa Press.
Domingo has assured not wanting to enter into controversies but has assured that the accusations of abuse “are a huge misunderstanding.” “I have never abused anyone or anything and this is the result of internal non.judicial investigations with which I have voluntarily collaborated and there is nothing in the courts “, the conductor has assured.
Likewise, he has reiterated his apologies “in case he had unintentionally bothered someone”, but has specified that these apologies “are a moral duty.” “Apologizing does not mean having committed abuse “, Plácido Domingo has pointed out who has admitted feeling sadness about the situation.
“It is sad that they put labels on me without knowing me, without knowing the truth of the facts, but even sadder that it happens in my country, in Spain, which I carry in my heart and I have always carried it with pride throughout the world “, the composer has indicated.
ZARZUELA, INTANGIBLE HERITAGE
On the other hand, Domingo has expressed his satisfaction with the proposal to declare the zarzuela as Intangible Heritage of Humanity. “The zarzuela has lived with me before I was born, I am proud to have carried it everywhere and it is incredible how the public reacts that, wherever it is, in all nations, goes crazy with the zarzuela“, has indicated the singer.
Domingo recalled the ties that unite him with the lyrical genre that, as he explained, he began to listen to “before he was born.” “My mother was pregnant in her ninth month and continued to sing in the theater“, explained Domingo, who recalled the artistic profession of his parents.