Domingo won't perform at Tokyo events

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo says he won't perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan.
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo says he won't perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan.

The Tokyo Olympics organising committee says opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won't perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan.

The committee said in a statement that Domingo has decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring together opera and traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre and officials accepted his decision.

Neither Domingo nor the organisers mentioned sexual harassment allegations against him in relation to his withdrawal.

"After thoughtful consideration I have made the decision not to participate in the kabuki-Opera event due to the complexity of the project," Domingo said in a statement released through the Tokyo organising committee.

Domingo did not give further details about the reason. He wished for the event to be successful while expressing his hope for a new opportunity in the future, according to the Tokyo organisers.

The Associated Press reported in August on extensive sexual harassment allegations against Domingo from decades ago. Multiple women accused Domingo of using his power to pressure them into sexual relationships, including at the Los Angeles Opera, where he was the longtime general director.

US opera houses have cancelled Domingo's appearance following the allegations.

Domingo has called the allegations "deeply troubling" and "inaccurate," saying he believed all his relationships were welcomed and consensual.

The April event planned by the Tokyo organisers was to feature star Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa as part of its Nippon Festival to promote Japanese culture and diversity.

Australian Associated Press