Pavarotti ‘would have been pained’ by Domingo accusations

Pavarotti ‘would have been pained’ by Domingo accusations


norman lebrecht

December 21, 2019

Nicoletta Mantovani, widow of the great tenor, says her late husband would have felt sympathy for his longterm rival in his present plight. ‘He would have considered such accusations painful,’ she said, praising Domingo for his support for her in her widowed years.

‘Nicoletta Mantovani, widow of Pavarotti: “Placido Domingo has always been for us, has a great soul”

‘I know Placido perfectly,’ she said. ‘We have spent a lot of time together from the time of the Three Tenors and in all these years I have not detected any attitude of the kind of which he is accused. I do not know all aspects of his life. But I can say that he is a wonderful person.’



  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    The modern habit of totally rubbishing great people through a single failing in them is totally regrettable. Many of my cultural heroes, including the greatest novelist of the 20th century & an admirable opponent of Nazis, Thomas Mann would have fallen if his diaries were read by fanatical modern Puritans. The same fate would fall to Bertrand Russell & Jean-Paul Sartre.

    • Karl says:

      Some people deserve to be taken down. Not Domingo though. Harvey Milk was known to have relationships with underage boys, but he’s still considered a hero.

  • Cantantelirico. says:

    Ma come fa da ridere!!

  • Caranome says:

    of course he would, from a man whose appetite for pasta was as voracious as for groupies, and he had lots of both in his lifetime.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      But nobody was holding a gun to the head of ‘groupies’. Ask Mick Jagger.

      Have you ever heard the old saying, “power is an aphrodisiac”? Of course not; you’ve re-written all the rules and the book to suit skin colour and physical characteristics. Sad soul.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        Er…the accusation concerning Domingo is that he harassed women who were not interested. And no, he did not accept a polite “no thanks”.

  • Olassus says:

    She’s right.

    • V. Lind says:

      She “does not know all aspects of his life.” So she has done what everyone else who wants to support him has — covered herself. And I believe her. I’m sure the aspects she knows are very much as she states, as with others who have come to a qualified defence of him. Nobody sane is suggesting that the imputations of sexual misconduct represented his whole character.

      Wonder what Adua would have to say. She would have known him long before the Three Tenors period.

  • anon says:

    History illustrates that the human soul is complex and can harbor contradictory elements, good and evil.

    The campaign to discredit 20 women who spoke out about inappropriate and highly unprofessional behavior is most regrettable. And a further blemish on the classical music community.

    • Sandeling says:

      Which 20 women??? Can you prove that they exist?

    • Mick the Knife says:

      It wasn’t a campaign to discredit them. What happened is that there was an avalanche of known people who said their experience working with Domingo was different than the 20 anonymous ones. The complaints by the anonymous 20 seemed trivial too many. An avalanche of crushed a triviality.

  • Nick says:

    Not to worry Ms. Mantovani. We, the overwhelming majority of normals, stand firm behind Placido Domingo.
    These are just winds of left-wing craziness and they will blow over. People will come to real values and their senses. Domingo is in no danger!

    • We privatize your value says:

      The overwhelming majority of normals does neither demonise Domingo, nor stand firm behind him, because it’s between him, whom we don’t know well, and a bunch of women, whom we don’t know either. Besides, isn’t he rich enough to pay for a whole army of talented lawyers?

    • Larry D says:

      So it is only left-wingers that are against sexual harassment? That doesn’t speak well of “normal” right-wingers such as yourself.

      • V. Lind says:

        Neither does the bulk of response on this forum. The same crowd that do not believe in climate change, and who confuse Trump with a real human being.

      • Honest Guy says:

        As we have seen with the Trump cult, this DOES reflect the view of most right-wingers

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      There’s a new term recently coined for the Left-wing crazies on this and other issues to do with males: “fashionable bigots”.

  • Nick2 says:

    As the recent Ron Howard docu-movie hagiography of Pavarotti (approved by his two families) made clear, he was unfaithful to his first wife on at least several occasions. But those relationships were basically with those who were travelling with him as his ‘secretaries’ and generally longish lasting. As far as I am aware, there has never been any claim there were unwanted advances, unlike the allegations against Domingo.

    In terms of comparison, though, Pavarotti became pretty much a selfish man who also did more or less as he pleased. In 1989 the Lyric Opera of Chicago banned him after he had failed to appear for 26 of 41 contracted performances in earlier years. His last-minute cancellations of large scale arena concerts were far from few. Some were merely arbitrarily postponed by a few days or occasionally weeks, but when ticket holders were flying in from considerable distances and only found out the concerts would not happen when they arrived at the concert venues, they lost considerable amounts of money. Many hundreds of thousands of others were considerably inconvenienced. Did Pavarotti or those in the circus which surrounded him care?

    There is no excuse for what Domingo is alleged to have done. Pavarotti’s frequent cavalier attitude towards the ticket holders for his concerts is surely equally inexcusable. But then both are/were no doubt “wonderful persons.”

  • Let's get a grip, people! says:

    Real shock there as Pavarotti was also a vile sexist pig – far more so than Domingo in fact – redeemed only by his almost superhuman talent. But let’s not mistake these incredible artistic accomplishments as inevitably reflecting the moral character of these individuals. They are hardly linked as can also be seen in the case of Richard Wagner and so many others.