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Olympics - Placido Domingo pulls out of cultural event, cites 'complexity'

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Olympics - Placido Domingo pulls out of cultural event, cites 'complexity'
Opera singer Placido Domingo speaks during an event at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, U.S., May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Files   -   Copyright  SHANNON STAPLETON(Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) – Opera singer Placido Domingo has withdrawn from a pre-Olympics theatrical event set for next spring, he said in a statement issued by Tokyo Olympics organizers on Friday, citing the “complexity” of the project.

Domingo, who had been set to participate in an event fusing opera and Japan’s traditional kabuki to kick off a cultural festival, resigned last month as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, saying accusations of sexual misconduct had compromised his ability to continue.

“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 the statement, issued by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.

The panel added that after consultation, it had accepted Domingo’s decision not to take part in the April programme, part of a “Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival” to promote Japanese culture.

This year more than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff said they had witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour by Domingo toward women at different opera houses over the last three decades.

He has disputed the accusations.

In September, Domingo pulled out from a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York at the last minute, and said he would never perform there again.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)