A dose of Dutch courage for Placido Domingo

A dose of Dutch courage for Placido Domingo


norman lebrecht

September 29, 2019

A message from the Dutch tenor Frank Van Aken:


Thank you mister Domingo for being a great sympathetic and warm supportive college to my wife Eva Westbroek when you sang with her and thank you also for being so supportive when my son was in the hospital 12 years ago. Also our new dog Keetje thanks you! (No complains from her)
Covent Garden jan 22, 2019 London,

We wish you strength in those hard times for you and your family.



  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    One could say none of these things would have happened if he retired as a great singer ten years ago. The problem is he is also a prominent opera conductor, they would still have gone after him. Fundamentally he seems like a decent person with some flows. I feel more sorry for him than other celebrities in this predicament.

  • Jeff D. says:

    Should not the voices of at least 20 women and countless rumors circulating for the past 20 or 30 years regarding mr. Domingo’s sexual appetite be taken seriously? Just because he is an extraordinary musical talent does not elevate him above scrutiny for his personal behavior. Nor should his fame and accomplishments be used to protect him from these accusations. It is quite possible there are two sides to this sad ending to an illustrious career. Why feel sorry for him? If the a accusations are true, and they may be, then he deserves exactly what is happening to him now.

  • william osborne says:

    “Also our new dog Keetje thanks you! (No complains [sic] from her)”

    So the 20 women who allege sexual misbehavior are to be alluded to along with dogs? It would appear his sense of professional behavior is matched only by his wit…

  • Mario says:

    When you have to show a picture of yourself with a dog or a cat, it seems to me that your cause is lost;-)

  • Tim murray says:

    If the allegations are true , he’s a pig. Wonder what he’s packin?????????

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Support could not come from two more respected artists.

  • Olga says:

    Bravissimo to both Eva and Frank.

  • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

    The Attack on Placido Domingo is the latest in the cyclical witchcraft persecutions by the society of we better-holier-chapter-fairer-jouster-more-peace-loving than the rest of the world. What started as a good idea: women in cases of abuse are telling the truth except when proved lying has become a nightmare. I hate this bi-polar solar system we support, but men, it’s time to Unite to Fight Witchcraft!

  • Laetitia Ball says:

    Why would a man with an ADORING fan base keep chasing unwilling women? And – after supposedly so many warnings about him, why did these vestal virgins still visit his rooms? Anomalies galore.

  • Gustavo says:

    Anti-Domingo campaigners are likely to use this picture as proof that cruelty to animals was also involved.

  • John Rook says:

    Nice touch of Frank’s humour at the end. He’s always very dry, very funny.

  • Judith says:

    Show me a woman who has not been harassed during her life here on earth. Try and find her. You will not succeed.

  • Paul D says:

    All I know is that he is the greatest living opera performer and will remain forever so in my mind.

  • Frank says:

    Interesting we don’t see any “courage for Domingo’s victims” here. Or cute dog photos of the women whose careers were compromised as a result of his stalking and predatory behavior.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      That is because they can not be conceived as “people” with feelings etc of their own. It is a failure of empathy.

  • Tevvy says:

    There is enough groveling pro-Domingo material on this blog to fuel an entire book on what’s wrong with the classical music industry and the backward people who are its self-appointed defenders.