Plácido Domingo has disclosed that he has tested posted to the coronavirus, COVID-19. The Spanish opera star, 79, who is currently in Mexico, posted a statement on his Facebook page yesterday saying that he and his family are in self isolation.
“Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive. I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a six feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!” he wrote in the post.
“Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon. Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”
The news follows accusations of sexual misconduct. Last August, a number of women accused Domingo of harassment and abusing his power while he held management positions at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera.
After initially denying any wrongdoing, Domingo issued an apology last month after the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the primary union representing opera performers, and LA Opera found the sexual harassment allegations against him to be credible.
In February, the Spanish government cancelled performances by Domingo in Madrid following the tenor’s apology. Earlier this month, The Royal Opera House announced that, in a mutual decision, Domingo had withdrawn from performances of Verdi’s Don Carlo scheduled for July. The cancellations in Europe followed a number of cancellations by American companies last year including the Metropolitan Opera.
Last Friday, March 20, AGMA announced that Domingo had resigned from the US union. The Guild said that Domingo will contribute $500,000 to the AGMA Relief Fund for sexual harassment eradication programs and a fund that helps opera employees in crisis. Based on his permanent resignation, the charges filed against him by the Union have been withdrawn.