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The Update | Photo Exhibition to Open at Soap Gallery; Domingo Vows to Clear His Name

Photo Exhibition to Open at Soap Gallery

YOUNGSTOWN – “Click,” an exhibition of works by four local photographers, will open Aug. 7 at Soap
Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. It runs through the end of the month.

The featured photographers are Diane Beatty, George Nelson, Stephen Poullas and Liz Cooper.

The show will also be featured on the gallery’s social media sites throughout the month.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the gallery’s capacity is limited to 25. Visitors must wear a face mask.

Domingo Vows to Clear His Name

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Placido Domingo is back in Europe to receive a lifetime achievement award after a bout with the coronavirus, vowing in an interview with a top Italian daily newspaper to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct.

The opera legend’s appearance Thursday to accept the award from the Austria Music Theater will be his first in public since recovering from the virus at his home in Acapulco, Mexico. Domingo, 79, told La Repubblica that his illness made him ‘’no longer afraid to speak out’’ about the allegations reported by The Associated Press that virtually ended his performance career in both the United States and his native Spain.

Opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo is to clear his name from allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, 2019 file photo).

‘’When I knew that I had COVID, I promised myself that if I came out alive, I would fight to clear my name,’’ Domingo said. ‘’I never abused anyone. I will repeat that as long as I live. ‘’

In AP stories last year, multiple women accused Domingo of sexual harassment and abusing his power while he held management positions at LA Opera and Washington National Opera, with dozens of people saying his behavior was an open secret in the opera world. Most of the women spoke on condition of anonymity.

The allegations split the industry, with U.S. opera houses canceling Domingo’s engagements and Europe houses mostly sticking by him. He is about to embark on a busy fall European calendar, including performances in Caserta near Naples, the Verona Arena and Milan’s La Scala.

Domingo told La Repubblica that an apology issued last spring after AGMA’s investigation concluded he had engaged in ‘’inappropriate activity ranging from flirtation to sexual advances, in and outside of the workplace” had been widely misinterpreted.

‘’The presumption of innocence in my case crumbled when the media published a text of my apology,’’ Domingo said.

He noted that his statement had been prepared to comply with a union request, but was released early after the AP broke the news of the investigation results.

Domingo said the text released to the media ‘’looked like a mea culpa,’’ and ‘’very much lent itself to that impression’’ that he had given a full admission of guilt. In that statement, sent to the AP on Feb 24, Domingo said to the women who accused him of misconduct, “I am truly sorry for the hurt that I caused them. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Gervasi Vineyard Receives Honor

CANTON – Gervasi Vineyard been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award winner for The Villas and The Casa boutique inn.  Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler and diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

Posted Aug. 6, 2020.

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