The septuagenarian tenor has just been announced as the new president of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the interests of labels in protecting copyright and pursuing violators.
He is a figurehead, no more.
Just as he would have been had he been appointed to clean up the corrupt football body, Fifa.
Domingo is not a lawyer, nor an expert in intellectual property rights. Here’s the official justification for his appointment:
IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said Domingo was an artist who ‘speaks from the heart about the issues that matter to him … His forceful advocacy for the intellectual property rights of the music sector comes at a pivotal moment, as governments in many countries consider new legislation to curb piracy and help develop the legitimate digital music business.’
In other words, he’s a celebrity lobbyist. Yuk!
It would be helpful if he first showed an interest in the ruthless exploitation of Russian musicians in his own Operalia contest.