Fort Worth Opera last month fired Darren K. Woods, the artistic director who put the company on the world map over the past 16 years.
Now it has chosen to replace him with an advisory council, chaired by Placido Domingo, an ‘extraordinary ensemble of creative minds and operatic entrepreneurs’ who are supposed to keep the FWO up to speed with the world’s best.
Domingo is 76 years old, general director of Los Angeles Opera and still managing a busy singing and conducting career. He will give Fort Worth about a nanosecond of his flickering attention span every other month or so.
What kind of leadership is that? FWO comes out of the deal looking like hicks, Domingo like a greedy hack.