After an investigation by the US union representing opera performers that confirmed the accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of power against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, Spain has become the first European country to cancel some of his scheduled performances, calling it "a duty, more than a gesture, of solidarity with the women affected," as the culture minister said Wednesday in Madrid.

Spanish Culture Minister Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes commented on the matter before appearing before the Culture Committee in the Spanish Parliament and after his department's decision to suspend the appearances the tenor had scheduled at Madrid's La Zarzuela Theater on May 14-15.