Voices are raised in defence of Placido Domingomain
A columnist on the influential Spanish daily El Pais has come out in vigorous defence of the opera singer, whom he describes as a personal friend and a great philanthropist.
Domingo, writes Ruben Amon, has been harshly treated by the opera world after nine women, eight of them anonymous, accused him of being a sexual predator.
Amon writes: ‘I think I know Domingo well enough to state that it is unlikely he has abused or harassed women. Or had relationships without consent. Domingo is not a criminal. ‘
He adds: ‘Domingo is an altruist who has dedicated more time, faculties and energy than anyone else to the cause of music, music lovers and fellow-professionals…. His Operalia contest (pictured) represents the future of opera.’
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This looks like the start of a fightback, rallying the Hispanic world to his corner.
UPDATE: A second defender in El Pais is the Basque soprano Ainhoa Arteta. She says: ‘I know he is not a stalker (of women), he would (rather) put his hand in the fire.’
Paloma San Basilio, who made a record with Domingo said: ‘I can only affirm that Mr. Domingo was always a gentleman with me, a great companion and a generous artist, of those there are not many, and with whom I had the privilege of sharing the stage.’
The soprano Pilar Jurado added: ‘He is a perfect gentleman (who has been) ‘fighting gender violence for many years’.
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