Domingo private-jets to next concert

Domingo private-jets to next concert


norman lebrecht

August 27, 2019

Between one Luisa Miller and the next in Salzburg, Domingo has been flown by private jet to Budapest for tomorrow’s concert involving his son, Placido Domingo jr.

His wife, Marta, is also on the family jaunt.


  • Sandeling says:

    Is there really nothing more interesting than follow every step Domingo makes? Pity you!

    • Kay Langford says:

      It’s Not Unusual to follow the scheduled arrival and departures of the stars of any genre of Art.

      I hate to have to say it, but Opera can use all the publicity it can get.

      When I lived in Chicago, Pavarotti had a contract with the Lyric Opera. He went to record stores and signed his Opera records, and he signed autographs for anyone whether they bought something or not.
      Everything he did was news.

  • Bruno says:

    What do you want to say with this???

  • Brian says:

    I took the bus this morning. Bang on time.

  • Gustavo says:

    No more Placido in Wonderland.

    The Owl is with him.

  • Allen says:

    No worse than a climate change activist then?

    I suppose Salzburg to Budapest by £4m yacht would be rather difficult.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    At least he doesn’t give us sermons on saving the planet

    • Brettermeier says:

      “At least he doesn’t give us sermons on saving the planet”

      A friend of mine once told be:

      “Don’t be mad at people. They’ll all be dead soon.”

      (Translated as a service for our less educated fellows. 😉 )

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        Yep, so why worry? I don’t. Oh, wait…isn’t that what people ARE doing?

        • Brettermeier says:

          “Yep, so why worry? I don’t.”

          Oh, but you should.

          Would you go to some jazz composer if you have a tooth ache? Probably not, because you think he is waaaaayyyy underqualified. You would want someone with knowledge of teeth, not just an opinion. Can’t blame you for that!

          When it comes to climate change, a degree in delivering pizza (or jazz composition) suddenly qualifies as knowledge in that large field that is natual science (as long as it contradicts the girls and boys who really studied natural science) despite it still being nothing more than an (unqualified) opinion. I wonder why that is. 😉

  • Caravaggio says:

    It is more than evident that wifie is unconcerned about philandering hubbie. I suppose I do not blame her for it affords her private jet rides then and now. Melania Trump is another. Note that gold digging can cut both ways but is more often than not conveniently and perojatively assigned against victims of abuse.

  • steven holloway says:

    Disgusting beyond belief. This jet ride gives a completely new, and even more horrific, complexion to the horrendous Domingo scandal. I’m glad I read it, though. It has at least put the Amazon, Brexit, G7, Syria, the Iran dispute, trade wars and other trivia out of mind. They pale in comparison. I am, however, anxious to know more about the rumour that a certain famous violinist has developed a verruca after swimming in a public pool. The Daily Mail has been investigating reports that the swimming fiddler had been doing the breast stroke! Is there to be no end to these horrors??

  • M McAlpine says:

    The concert is involving his son? More scandal? More dirt to be uncovered by the gutter press?

  • Lynne says:

    I heard he also ate breakfast and combed his hair.

  • Eagle says:

    I can see his audience being neutral until justice is served, but a standing ovation? We are fully in the phase where “wrong us right and right is wrong.”

    • Robert Groen says:

      You may be in that phase. I’m in the phase of “p..s off with all this cr.p, I’m having a bourbon and branch…

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      It was the educated middle class and academics who followed the Little Corporal right into the maelstrom in the 1930s in Germany; the lower orders followed thereafter. Ergo, I’m very suspicious of being pontificated to by the, a-hem, educated classes. Any time. The deplorables have much more common sense.

      • V.Lind says:

        So the likes of you are what Mrs Clinton was referring to. SO much is explained.

      • Brettermeier says:

        “Ergo, I’m very suspicious of being pontificated to by the, a-hem, educated classes. Any time. The deplorables have much more common sense.”

        Trust the stupid and uneducated ones because they are not stupid and uneducated!

        That’s not stupid and uneducated at all!

        (Great, another paradox…)

        Btw., it’s the uneducated lower class and non-academics that is trying to “create” a “white” America right now. Just saying. (I’m pretty sure that Trump “feels” that Melania really would have liked Adolf. 😉 )

        • steven holloway says:

          I don’t think Sue needs to be told who is trying to make America ‘white’. She is among their number. Also, I don’t know whether it’s her ignorance of History — and I sometimes think everything else — or a bit of craftiness, but her comment about Hitler’s followers rests upon skipping over the 1920s, for that was the period in which the “lower orders” gravitated to the Nazis. The woman reminds me of the Know-Nothings in 19thc American politics.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        SSF writes: “the educated middle class and academics who followed the Little Corporal right into the maelstrom in the 1930s in Germany”

        This is actually just wrong. Support from the Nazi party was overwhelmingly from rural and small town Protestant voters, especially in North and Eastern Germany. The educated middle class voted mainly for Liberal or Social Democrat parties.

      • Kay Langford says:

        You could benefit by a little more education yourself.

        The top intellectuals in Germany in the 1930s were Jewish.

  • Marc says:

    The presumptive criminal was abetted by those awful plutocrats that infest Salzburg, no doubt.

  • D. Layne says:

    I received an email today from the Metropolitan Opera promoting their opening week line-up of operas.
    There was a small ad for the opening night of Macbeth, which is scheduled to star Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo. However, in the ad there was no mention anywhere of Domingo, only Netrebko.
    I wonder what this means………???????

    • Karl says:

      They’re hedging their bets. I wonder who gets to make the final call, Gelb or Nezet-Seguin.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        It will be Gelb who makes the call, after consulting his lawyers. But it is unlikely that the contract allows the Met to actually remove Domingo.

    • Robin Smith says:

      That’s a must not miss if she is as good as she was at Covent Garden singing this.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      That Domingo is over the hill? I would imagine so. Further that he’s more caponesque these days than Don Juanesque.

  • Karl says:

    At least it wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet.

  • Jeremy says:

    I am a subscriber to the Met, and I got the same email I think. It was a reminder that their opening night is a month away, and listed the operas for the opening week.
    The blurb on Macbeth simply said “starring Anna Netrebko”. They didn’t mention Domingo at all.
    They purposely left his name out of the ad.
    Might this mean they are removing him from his scheduled Met performances?

  • JRB says:

    Let it goooooo already…..

  • Ms. Melody says:

    Are we sure the jet is his? Maybe it was loaned by one of his fans
    Just asking before indignation overwhelms me

  • Una says:

    Thought this was you, Norman – ha, ha!!!

  • Tiddles says:

    The Joe Biden of opera…..creepy old dude who needs to retire.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    He’s looking very old in that photograph. I wonder about the interest in a superannuated tenor, to be honest.

    • V.Lind says:

      I find your “to be honest” risible. And your :wonder” little less so. And your various expressions of contempt — contempt from YOU! — obscene.

      Placido Domingo may have made the classic mistake some artists do, of staying on too long rather than leaving ’em wishing for more. But the man has a career that has moved mountains with his enormous talent and energy and generosity. For decades — and don’t start with “too many decades”; that point has been addressed. He is a legend. He deserves respect as an artist, whatever he is as a man.

  • Nick2 says:

    Domingo has been no stranger in private jets for decades. During the murdering, kleptomaniac years of the dictator Marcos in The Philippines, Imelda Marcos maintained a suite at New York’s Waldorf Astoria for her voracious shopping trips. She was always accompanied by an entourage of “Blue Ladies” – rich Filipina socialites. She had earlier taken a shine to PD after inviting him along with the entire San Francisco Opera to Manila for Tosca performances in December 1979. PD thereafter was an occasional dinner guest in New York. If he happened to mention that he had to be somewhere else in North America a day or so later, one of the Blue Ladies would be instructed to arrange a private jet for him at Imelda’s expense.

    In 2001 when The Three Tenors appalled many in the music business by singing in huge open air spaces on consecutive very hot and humid June evenings, first in Seoul’s Olympic Stadium and the next night in Beijing’s Forbidden City, PD flew from and back to St. Petersburg on a private jet. At least Pavarotti and Carreras had flown transcontinental into Asia on scheduled airlines.

  • Victor Trahan says:

    So so sad to see SD sinking deeper and deeper by the minute, Slinging so much Dirt along its pathway.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      what on earth are you talking about?

      • steven holloway says:

        Either you are the only person around her who doesn’t know exactly what Victor is talking about or you are having a stab at being disingenuous. If the latter, please desist, for it cannot work. We all have qualities and characteristics and lack others. It’s far too late for you to have a bash at displaying disingenuousness, modesty, a sense of humour, etc. Indeed, a lack of those qualities and constant display of certain others is what makes you a good entertainer and helps to maintain your considerable number of blog followers.