Placido Domingo: ‘So much love from the public’

Placido Domingo: ‘So much love from the public’


norman lebrecht

August 26, 2019

There were ten minutes of applause for the cast of Luisa Miller at the Salzburg Festival, much of it directed at the beleaguered Placido Domingo.

Signing autographs, he said afterwards: ‘Wonderful public, good performance all, I mean so much love from the public.’

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  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    He hasn’t, as far as we know been accused of raping , or attacking, or forcing himself on any one. He just allegedly tried it on as all men do do why the sly innuendo?

    • Laurence says:

      “All men do do”? That’s a little harsh. And besides I think the correct spelling is “doo-doo”.

    • sycorax says:

      Uuuh – I don’t envy you for your experience with men! Actually I’ve met more decent men as guys who tried to force themselves on me (though I’ve known a few of them, too).
      Besides: My father was born in 1918 – and his “ideas” about threading women were certainly more “traditional” as the way his grandsons are dealing with their wives, but raping, attacking, harassing, forcing himself on them or making them feel afraid of him weren’t included by my dad and aren’t by his son and his grandsons. I actually remember that he taught my brother to respect women – and I got told that I shouldn’t let any men thread me badly.

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  • Caravaggio says:

    ‘So little love from the abused‘

    • M2N2K says:

      Maybe because there was so little abuse, if any?

      • sycorax says:

        Nope, of course not. He was sooo innocent as a newly born child, wasn’t he?
        The nine women and their 30 witnesses were just … well, they probably just accused him for the fun of it. And what could be more fun as to read how the PD defender accused them of lying, of probably not getting him or of wanting to make money (I still wonder how one does that – anonymously!).
        So no, there was certainly only “little abuse” … especially compared to the Epstein case. Only I think that even “a little abuse” is too much. And I do hope that my step-granddaughters will once live in a world where abuse isn’t seen as “Kavaliersdelikt” (petty offense).

  • Fred says:

    Great man Placido

  • Cassandra says:

    One can’t help reflecting, if all this upheaval might not very well turn out to be the beginning of a transition into a new era of the age of…
    …Aquarius (?)
    It may hurt now, but that’s just the bud opening.
    Mark my words and mind where you heard it first.

    • Laurence says:

      Consider your words marked, but instantly disregarded.

      • Cassandra says:

        Well, when the dust settles, nothing will be quite the same in the wonderful world of opera.
        S/he who liveth shall bear witness.

        • sycorax says:

          I actually do hope so. It’s time that abuse isn’t seen as a kind of “star’s privilege” anymore and it’s time that opera houses don’t play the “we don’t see, we don’t hear, we don’t talk”-game anymore.

          • M2N2K says:

            Yes it is – real abuse should not be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate judging and condemning a person without due process and without at the very least listening to and taking into consideration both sides of the story.

  • Mario says:

    Oh, please, stop singing! It´s time to retire….

  • Cantantelirico says:

    Oh come on now!!!
    I’ve had my knee-high rubber boots on since this all hypocrisy started. Now the bullshit is up to my neck and I don’t have any scuba gear. You may be able to fool your adoring fans with this sideshow José, but those who have worked with you and know you are not fooled. Don’t you have any self respect at all? The least you can do is respect your colleagues. Yes, your colleagues will all be paid for their amazing work in the Luisa Miller in Salzburg. But you have stolen their thunder. You have used each and every one of them and the festival itself as a backdrop for your own plan to insulate yourself from legal and public scrutiny. This is only another dimension of how you wielded power for so long, whatever your fach. If you have a modicum of respect for the art form which provided you with so much bounty, PLEASE, I beg you, walk away now. You won’t even have to announce your retirement. All you have to do is walk away quietly. This is the ideal moment do it right. BASTA!!!

  • Eagle says:

    This man needs help. He definitely has a sickness.

  • Po says:

    Salzburg crowds don‘t care about this kind of things. Some Nazi party members all performed there and performed great. Actually I think it‘s a healthy attitude: his legal problem he has to sort out, if he sings well he worths applause.