Domingo latest: He sings Nabucco tonight

Domingo latest: He sings Nabucco tonight


norman lebrecht

October 13, 2019

It has been confirmed that Placido Domingo will sing the role of Nabucco at Zurich Opera House tonight.

It’s his first opera appearance since Salzburg in August.

Credit him with grit and courage. Many a lesser artist would have taken time out in the face of intensive mutterings.


  • double-sharp says:

    Bravo to him! And penury on his anonymous, finger-pointing, XXL dungaree-clad detractors.

    • Laurence says:

      “XXL dungaree-clad detractors”? Is this your idea of wit? Suggesting that they all have fat butts and wear hippie clothes? Too many people on this blog are too quick to dehumanize and scoff, while dismissing the real issue, which is about not creating a hostile work environment. Even the most Hottentot of Venuses deserve as much.

    • Michael says:

      The accusators are not annonymous… and they are no less couragous than he is.
      Complicated and delicate situation.

  • George says:

    The Met had him rehearse for three weeks (!) and then made him down one day before the performance.
    No other singer would have had the courage to step out and sing in front of 4.000 people that night.
    By the way, very good article in ABC about the case and Bryn Terfel’s comments in the Telegraph summed it up well, too.
    He‘s lost everything in the U.S. .
    Go, Plácido, I hope Zurich will be a triumph!!

  • Guest says:

    It’s called being in denial.

    • Mariclar says:

      It’s called genius, a musical legacy of total excellence, a voice of “almost divine beauty,” as brilliant mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn once said, a history of performance that no other tenor has ever equaled, and courage that his accusers utterly lack.

      • Tamino says:

        Well, that’s irrelevant. Anyone shall be equal before the law. Yet it is exactly the loss of perspective of that thin red line between the rule of law and the rule of the mob, that is the problem in the causa Domingo. Particularly in the US apparently.

        So ironic, the US movie industry and gaming industry being the major propagators and mental programmers of violence globally, also in particular sexual violence.
        Yet claiming the prude and innocent high ground morally there. What a rotten corrupted society.

    • Maria says:

      You must know something the rest of us don’t know to make such a sweeping comment. Innocent until proved guilty.

    • holly says:

      It’s called giving the finger to silly and mean former groupies who have forgotten the fun they had. What a loss to American venues not to have the voice and personality of Placido. Have you seen him in Le Cid, English subs. He IS El Cid!

    • Karl says:

      It’s called being innocent.

  • Katerina von Waldersee says:

    He is courageous and incomparable and tonight he’s coming home to Europe, where common sense prevails over hysteria. I will be cheering in the opera house in Zurich and soon in Vienna, Milan, Cologne and Berlin.

  • The View from America says:

    … “intensive mutterings.”


  • Marian says:

    Sorry to burst the bubble of Domingo worshipers, if it had been two
    women that came forward, I would think maybe he is innocent, and give him the benefit of the doubt, but over 20 women have come forward. Looks like this man is an arrogant womanizer that abused his power.

  • Cassandra says:


    Grit and courage.

    Way to go for a
    60yr-career in a place like Opera.

    Toi, toi, toi to him
    and the entire
    Zürich-team for tonight, now less than (6.40 pm over here) 2hs away.

  • Lama says:

    Good. I am glad he’s singing. I am the type of person who does not let anything negative interfere with what I love to do. I hope he’s the same way.

  • Jackaon says:

    Metoo destroying lives…when incidences occur report right away uf true

  • Kay Langford says:

    I don’t think a serial sexual predator has any scruples or a conscience which concerns him about his victims or what other people may think.
    If you’ve had that kind of behavior for decades and you functioned okay, then why would somebody complaining about it now bother you at all?

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    When you infantilize the people with nanny-state diktats they behave like children and expect nanny to fix everything for them, just like a child in a school yard.

    Adults: protect your children from sexual abuse and learn to protect yourselves at the same time. It’s easy: “NO”. That’s a starter.

    Don’t wait for government and #metoo to have to tell you that; it’s a sure sign you’d be better of living in the communist country of choice where government does all your thinking.

  • Mary Hofstetter says:

    I had an excellent experience with Placido. His generosity in giving his time for charities was wonderful.

  • Steven says:

    Maybe best for Domingo to retire while he still has a great voice and be a little gracious and humble and apologize to the public for crossing the boundaries. If he were to do that, the public and the women would forgive.

  • Braun says:

    How about we credit the women he harassed and manipulated with grit and courage?

    • George says:

      What‘s courageous about making accusations anonymous? Nobody knows who they are.
      In regards to the two that came out with their names I‘d like to hear Domingo‘s version as well before I judge. And is it just me or are there not worse things than being asked out by Plácido Domingo?!?!?

  • AMiller says:

    It is so very easy to make accusations. The law needs changing.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Why does the law need changing? He can always sue for defamation if he thinks the claims are untrue.

      He hasn’t sued though. In fact is has pretty much admitted they are true.

  • Gilbert Brovar says:

    He’s an egotistical pig and shouldn’t be allowed to sing. This isn’t courage. He’s just singing cause he isn’t being stopped

    • George says:

      If working for 60 years tirelessly, creating the best competition for young singers there is (all expenses paid), advocating opera around the world, sending coffee snd sandwiches to fans lining up in the cold, digging with bare hands after the Mexican earthquake and signing autographs for hours after every performance makes you an egoistical pig then I wish there were a lot more around.

  • Paul Mulhern says:

    The magnificent maestro of opera has received disparaging innuendo surrounding his conduct in the presence of females. Let his accuser(s) launch formal proceeding in the avenues available. Until then and as difficult as it may be, these malicious and invalidated accusations best be ignored.

  • Randa Henri barakat says:

    Incomparable Placido Domingo