Just in: Malaga cancels unsold Domingo concert

Just in: Malaga cancels unsold Domingo concert


norman lebrecht

March 26, 2022

Tonight’s concert by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra with Placido Domingo has been cancelled after less than one-third of the tickets were sold, according to local media.

Musicians in the orchestra had refused to play with the artist following sexual harrassment claims.

The objectors were replaced by freelancers, but the public stayed away.

Report here.


  • John Borstlap says:

    For some reason, classical music audiences don’t like sexual harrassment. This is different with opera audiences, but I won’t elaborate.

    • poyu says:

      I don‘t think that‘s true, especially not in this case. He was a good singer, but not a good conductor. Simple as that.

    • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

      If you don’t want to elaborate, why post? We are getting to a point where getting laid, which is the object of life and the subject of every opera known to man (ok, women too) is getting more dangerous than playing the trumpet solo in PICTURES. The (what we used to call “old bitties” back in the day when Mozart could write an opera that would be roundly (no pun intended) condemned by all the woke-Victorian-moralist paraders as the saviors of the below-the-neck rectitude of mankind (and women be kind too). Enough people! The human being is not a phenomenon that is made by God, who made a few mistakes, to be the same at both ends.

  • Paul Dawson says:

    Hell’s teeth! It’s almost three years since the sexual harassment allegations became public. Is he incapable of taking a hint?

    • guest says:

      Hell’s teeth! It’s almost twenty years since he is foisting his clownish baritone act on the public. Is he incapable of taking a hint? Answer: No, to both questions. Either he is greedy as hell, or his ego has the size of Russia and China combined.

      • CRogers says:

        Its not that difficult a quesgion. He’s an artist who loves music and making it….. It’s his work and his life. It’s how he communicates his feelings to a wider public and so on and so on…….

        • Petros Linardos says:

          There are other ways to enjoy one’s love for music. Most eminent singers retire from the stage in their 60s, except for cameo or character roles, and go on to mentor young talent.

          There is always a huge public who loves Domingo, him, and pays to hear him. So Domingo making people happy, returning the love, and making good money in the process. Evidently self criticism is not one his strengths or, at least, is not his most important consideration.

  • Coco says:

    This is BS It was canceled days ago due to the weather in an outdoor venue

  • Nik says:

    Time to retire.

  • Coco says:

    Here is the website which states due to weather it was canceled. This was posted days ago and not due to his not selling tickets !!!!!

  • Greg Bottini says:

    It’s about time.
    The chickens have come home to roost.

  • CRogers says:

    National, media, local, personal hysteria…..very sad and irritating at the same time…..quite a feat…….

  • Corno di Caccia says:

    Blah, blah, blah! Nothing was ever proven against this man. Nothing to see here. Time to move on. Outdoor events do depend on favourable weather, so, again, nothing to see here. This is a non-story!
    As for those allegators who persist in trying to bring such individuals down just remember that somebody once said, ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone.’ Have a good look in the mirror folks!

    • guest says:

      He told newspapers himself that the allegations were correct. He recanted later, which just shows what a sleazebag he is.
      Next time you consider commenting try to stick to one moniker, or if you can’t resist posting under different names, try at least to vary the content. The similarity to another comment here is embarrassing.

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  • Alan says:

    One of the greatest tenors of all time but with a damaged reputation should probably retire.

  • Maria says:

    All the holiers than thou on here, everyone perfect of course, bashing up yet another singer and defamation really. Nothing was ever proved so ‘Let him without sin cast the first stone, and judge not lest ye be judged.’ So, the yes, have a good look in the mirror folks is right.

    • guest says:

      What defamation? He told newspapers himself that the allegations were correct. He recanted later, which just shows what a sleazebag he is. Shame on the opera houses still hiring him for their productions, not so much because of his dirty past, but for his present clownish act. He never was a baritone, just a tenor without a top, and by now any chorist sings better than he. What an oversized ego he must have not to realize what a joke he has become, clinging to the stage at eighty.

  • Clyde Jennings says:

    I have to say, the allegations came out in the midst of lots of similar stories about others. I didn’t have enough interest to read closely to see if he was a skirt chaser or Bill Cosby. And I guess it follows this behavior—like all human behavior—lies on a spectrum. So don’t we need some sort of nuanced reaction? Does everyone deserve a career death sentence? And I admit I find him a terribly bombastic singer and conductor in this stage of his career, so this isn’t a reflexive defense of him.

    • guest says:

      His sexual misconduct was in between skirt chaser and Bill Cosby. He told newspapers himself that the allegations were correct. He recanted months later. To paraphrase you, my comment isn’t a reflexive condemnation, as yours isn’t a reflexive defense of him. I am actually more disgusted with his clownish baritone act, and his clinging to the stage decades past his vocal expiration date, than I am with his “colorful” past.

  • Borrico nico says:

    Let me try and help with a few details relating to the misinformation here. Under no circumstances did the musicians of the OFM refuse to play with Placido Domingo because of supposed sexual misconduct or any other reason however their were various discussions between various political parties in Motril suggesting that the concert should not go ahead because of the above mentioned.
    The reason why the musicians of the OFM didn’t play the concert was because it was never in our work schedule and on the Thursday, two days before the Domingo concert we were playing Mahler’s Fifth in Santander leaving no rehearsal time. However a freelance orchestra was apparently put together under the name of the OFM but with non of the members of the orchestra involved.

    • D. Varela says:

      Excellent! Thank you for your clarification. So this was just another example of fake news which has become so profuse.

  • George Zimmer says:

    Cancel culture has damaged Maestros reputation. Without evidence. Plácido is still the best and most versatile.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      Norma Desmond:
      They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who’ve we got now? Some nobodies!

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Wow, there finally IS some good news in the world!

  • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

    I am fully disgusted by the unbelievable injustices being committed by the woke against the loving. I, my whole life, have been a lover of women in the sense that respect for is defense against. There are laws. If they are broken. Prosecution is in order. But a bunch a self-righteous know-it-all in a orchestra pit occupying first chair ass is no judge and jury for a man who has devoted his whole life to art. Somehow, this woke non-sense has spread to allow horrendous sexual and enslavement crimes to go on while live crimes live self-righteously on, the persecutors of the human, all-to-human having become the best root-a-toot player in all of Malaga to change the guard for CARMEN. It makes me vomit.

  • michele zukovsky says:

    Placido was a great singer….but it is time to start a new life

  • Emmanuel Sammut says:

    Dominico Placido; Handsome gentleman . One of the greatest singer in the world & one of the best conductor in the world

  • Rachel Fleta says:

    The truth is: The concert couldn’t take place “due to the inevitable consequences of last week’s atmospheric event, the Celia storm, which hit the area with torrential rains and dust from the Sahara”.

  • Jordi says:

    Domingo got an standing ovation in Buenos Aires yesterday. Why is it not news in this hateful rag?