After initial reports that it had cancelled today’s lifetime award to Placido Domingo, the Premio Batuta (Batuta Prize) has issued this statement:
1) Maestro Placido Domingo will offer a special message for the award ceremony;
2) The award committee wishes to make it absolutely clear that the committee has not withdrawn the award for Maestro Domingo. On the contrary, the guild of classical music [represented by the committee] and the award gala concert will celebrate the Spanish tenor’s six decades of total dedication to the arts.
‘We are still going to give him the prize. We just hope for better times ahead and that everything gets better for him,’ the head of the organizing committee, Rene Platini, told Agence France Presse.
Full report here.