Plácido Domingo is sticking with his scheduled concerts this month in Tokyo, despite the recent disasters that have rocked Japan.
“Following the unprecedented earthquake and subsequent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan needs strength and courage to stand up to the trials ahead,” the celebrated tenor (and sometimes baritone) said in a statement. “I am coming to Japan in the hope that through music I can provide some small measure of energy and support.”
Domingo will appear on April 10 in NHK Hall and again on April 13 in Suntory Hall. Eugene Kohn will lead both performances with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Donations will be collected at the concerts to support Japan's ongoing relief effort. It is not clear, however, if the artists will donate their earnings from the performances.
Although Domingo is staying with his Japan plans, the singer has experienced recent interruptions in his performance schedule. In March, Domingo had to cancel his performance at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires due to a labor dispute. In April 2010, Domingo was unable to fly to Moscow for a concert after a volcanic eruption on the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland brought the airports of more than 20 European countries to a halt.
Also in 2010, Domingo underwent surgery for colon cancer. He resumed performances shortly after the procedure, taking on Simon Boccanegra at La Scala, a role he then took to London and Madrid.