Domingo crashes Dresden debut

Domingo crashes Dresden debut


norman lebrecht

June 06, 2019

Placido Domingo, who made his Semper Oper debut last night in Nabucco, sang just the first act of the opera.

The audience was told he could not return after the interval as a result of flu.

The Leipzig baritone Markus Marquardt sang his role from the wings.

Domingo intends to try again on June 9 and 15.


  • We privatize your value says:

    He’s very brave (foolish) to keep on singing at his age.

  • Gm says:

    Did Domingo walk the part or was there another cover on stage ?

  • Anonymous says:

    Just enough to collect his fee?…

  • AngloGerman says:

    They should be glad, Markus is great!

  • Marcella says:

    Domingo sang two first acts of the opera. It would be nice to check the facts before writing.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    Plácido go to your favorite furniture store and buy yourself a comfortable chair. Then go to your favorite wine merchant and stock up on the worlds best wines. Stop by your favorite tobacconist and purchase the best cigars money can buy. Go home, sit down and pour yourself a glass, light up a Churchill and rest. You have done enough.

    • Novagerio says:

      Cantantelirico: The perfect time to write his “My other 40 years”…It would definitely sell…

    • Ms.Melody says:

      Cantantelirico: What are your innumerable accomplishments, that you feel within your rights to so patronize one of the greatest living artists?

      • Cantantelirico says:

        Ms. Melody
        One who has stood within inches of that greatness.

      • Novagerio says:

        Miss Melodya: What’s your problem with different opinions than yours?
        Are you perhaps the kind who needs to ridicule and interrogate those who criticize Domingo or Netrebko or Jeremy Corbyn?…

        • Ms.Melody says:

          Signor Novagerio: I have no problem with different opinions as long as they are expressed in an intelligent civil manner. I do take issue with hateful, inflammatory remarks meant to hurt and insult. If you want to criticize, attend the performance or listen to it on a credible piece of equipment and then render your opinion. I have never been a great fan of Netrebko, although she surprised me several times, but if I write about her it will be after I have heard or seen the performance in question And the opinion would be based on what I saw and heard and not influenced by her her clothes, her accent or her politics towards Ukraine. The main question is : Did the performer serve the music/text? Did they do anything to enhance, illuminate what the authors were trying to convey?
          In relation to Placido Domingo, I agree, that he should retire from big stages and he probably knows it. But he certainly does not deserve the outpouring of venom spilled here so far.
          Now I have a question for you? Hod did a despicable antisemite Jeremy Corbyn ever get in the same sentence with the other two?

          • Novagerio says:

            There is unfortunately no other intelligent civil manner to point out that a former great artist has reached his expiration date two decades ago than saying it as it is, especially when you are a former Domingo-fan.
            Nobody has the integrity of a Dame Janet Baker, who retired at the height of her powers
            …But I’m at least glad you are not a “corbynista” (!)

          • Saxon Broken says:

            Er…so you can’t criticize the casting if you decided not to attend the show because of who was caste in the roles. That argument is just bizarre.

            And for the record, I am not going to go to anything that Domingo either sings or conducts. Yes, he really is one of the all-time-great singers (and he really could act the role). But his greatness is in the past.

            Of course, it is his right to keep going if opera houses want to keep hiring him. But some of us would prefer not to go and see him in these productions.

          • Bill says:

            I really do think that the comments about the comfy chair, wine etc were meant in an affectionately joking way, and with respect.

      • sycorax says:

        True greatness knows when it’s time to finish.
        It’s sad and pathetic how he destroyed his own legend.

    • EagleArts says:

      Placido still delivers. Why all the disdain for this venerable artist? He fills halls where ever he sings. This is good for opera!

  • Quintus Beckmesser says:

    It’s always a pity when an artist goes on too long as it tends to erase his previous achievements. Remember what happened to Jon Vickers, and he was twenty years younger when he finally retired?

    • Nik says:

      Yes, it is sad. I also have less-than-fond memories of Dame Gwyneth Jones, pushing 60, singing Fidelio and Salome and receiving boos from her erstwhile fans in Vienna. Luckily she realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t working out.

    • Marshall says:

      What are you talking about concerning Vickers? His voice was remarkable when he retired and he could have gone on. What is “finally retired” ? Check out the Pasadena concert at the end-more voice than tneors in the prime of their careers

    • Bill says:

      The thing with Domingo is that—as much as I’ve heard— the voice is still sounding good. My complaint is that it absolutely does NOT sound anything like a baritone — just low range Domingo

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Give it up, maestro; your time has come.

    • EagleArts says:

      Placido still sounds great and his musicality is worthy of being heard. Audiences love him. Maybe you should “give it up”!!!

  • Jaime Herrera says:

    Domingo is not kidding himself – he is simply going on for the money. A lot of people do it. Szigeti kept playing his fiddle – Heifetz did not. Gitlis is still trying – sadly. Imagine if athletes did the same….

    • Saxon Broken says:

      I doubt Domingo is going for the money (he surely has enough by now). More likely he feels at home on the stage and does not really want to admit to himself that he is getting old and no longer really has the voice for the major opera houses. If he did stop, a little of him would die (and this is something we all have to face in the end). The real tragedy, I feel, is that some people who should know better continue to indulge him.

  • kundry says:

    Enough already! Placido – retire from singing and/or conducting ! This is getting embararrassing and totally useless.

  • Emil says:

    Heard Domingo last week at the Staatsoper in Berlin (Macbeth). We were warned in advance that he had a cough, which was barely noticeable. It must have worsened.
    And frankly, I was impressed with the singing. He’s not a baritone, obviously, but still puts on a great, nuanced portrayal of Macbeth, and the voice is still stable and has decent colours. Not worth the hate, IMO.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Or like old Menuhin who only finally took the hint to stop playing the violin after a particularly nasty set of newspaper reviews, the LPO refusing to release his (5th ?) recording of Beethoven concerto and EMI not renewing his contract.

  • Jeremy Wardle says:

    Yes, a good point by Jaime Herrera above.
    Heifetz gave up at the top of his game. His farewell concert (Strauss sonata etc) was spectacular and that was it ! Good for him and ‘boo’ to Domingo