While his accusers remain anonymous and the AP journalist behind the story has gone silent, leading colleagues are coming out to support the beleaguered Domingo, under the #Metoo spotlight.
Mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana: ‘I’ve been working with Maestro Placido Domingo for over 20 years. He’s a phenomenal artist, the kindest and most correct person.’
US soprano Ana Maria Martinez: ‘Always, and in particular in this day and age, women’s voices, all voices deserve and need to be heard and given the platform to express their truth. I have known Maestro Plácido Domingo and have worked with him for over 23 years. He has always been a gentleman and treated me with dignity and respect.’
Mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza (left): ‘No one has the right to judge anyone without knowning what has happened, least of all in public. I am very sorry for Placido because I love him and he is my friend.’
Mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa: ‘I had the pleasure and honor of working with the great master Placido Domingo and i wish to express all my solidarity with him. I met a wonderful person: serious, kind, respectful, distinguished, brilliant and humble.’
Russian soprano Irina Lungu: ‘I met Placido Domingo in 2004 at the beginning of my career, winning one of the awards at the Operalia competition. In these past 15 years I have had the luck to work with him on several occasions. As a younger artist, I have always received from him nothing but support, kindness and inspiration for my career, lessons of professionalism, style and total dedication to our art. Domingo has always been for me a great example of courtesy, sensitivity and correctness.’
Former Teatro Real director Antonio Moral: ‘I have known Placido Domingo for more than 30 years and have had the great fortune of collaborating very closely with him during my five years as artistic director of the Teatro Real de Madrid, more than eight in Operalia and many others in the historic recording project of zarzuelas of the Cajamadrid Foundation and I must say that I do not believe the accusation of harassment of which he is being victim these days. I think that they want to knock down the incredible career of a unique singer in history and, since he does not retire of his own accord, they want to knock him off the stage in this way as unbelievable as demonstrable. And even more for some alleged events that occurred more than 30 years ago!’
Romanian soprano Marina Krilovici: ‘I’ve known Placido Domingo more than 40 years when we started our careers in Hamburg. I know his family very well. He has enormous respect and love for his wife Marta. Every performance with him was something very special for me. His voice, talent, musicality and generosity on stage was the same in life. A wonderful friend and person and a very very successful singer. I admire his rise to the top. He is a fantastic singer, conductor, general director and creator of a very important singing competition which built a lot of great careers. I support with all my heart the integrity of this great artist.’
Mexican tenor Javier Camarena: ‘Maestro Domingo: You know how much I appreciate and admire you and my eternal gratitude for your kindness and your always beautiful words regarding my work. I pray to God for the peace in your heart, may his arms embrace and protect your family in this moments of storm.
“Truth will make you free” (John 8-31)
I hope the truth I see in your soul, shines above all.
I’m with you.’
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