Domingo: Nobody could see me at Bayreuth

Domingo: Nobody could see me at Bayreuth


norman lebrecht

August 30, 2018

In an interview on the festival podcast, he seems quite pleased to have gone unseen.



  • mr oakmountain says:

    “Da geht einem ja wirklich das Herz auf. Ein echter Weltstar.” Who are those announcers, and what audience do they think they are trying to appeal to?

  • Caravaggio says:

    Pity everybody could hear him, at Bayreuth and elsewhere. For his “directing traffic” this summer was the predictable failure it could only be.

  • Daland says:

    It was the worst Walküre I have ever experienced. He did not know what to do with the orchestra. Poor singers did their best to save the evening. Still, Placido’s fans remained loyal despite his horrendous ‘conducting’.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Are they SURE they really got Placido Domingo?

  • Sylvain Adhémar says:

    What about the poor guy he hired to help him as permanent assistant for the brass section in the pit ?

  • David H Spence says:

    It all so almost poignantly brings to mind ‘How Not To Be Seen’ off Monty Python’s Flying Circus. No irony intended.

  • Anton Bruckner says:

    Some history about PD

    His first operatic roles were in the Tel Aviv Opera led by Edis De Philippe (I hope I spell her namw correctly). I believe it was in the 1960’s. PS was poorly paid and received foreign newpapers and food for free from a nearby newspaper kiosk on Allenby street in Tel Aviv owned by Menachem Friedman and his mother Mina. Although the size of a closet, this kiosk was the only place in Tel Aviv at the time where it was possible to obtain the full plethora of foreign newspapers and magazines and was a hub of intellectuals and foreigners residing in Tel Aviv. PD was one of them.

  • Conducting Feminista says:

    Domingo should never ever be a conductor. He should give conducting completely up and step aside for a far vastly superior woman conductor instead. He should be singing under women conductors because they can help make him sing even better than any male conductor could. He should also end his management career as well and report directly to women administrative leaders. Men should never ever lead over others. Men should be subordinate to women at all times.

    • Insufficiently feminist says:

      Domingo shouldn’t be allowed to sing either, they should employ a woman (or someone who identifies as a woman). I think you are insufficiently feminist. Get with the sisterhood.