10 women accuse opera chief of sexual exploitation

10 women accuse opera chief of sexual exploitation


norman lebrecht

June 23, 2020

The director of the Estonian National Opera, Aivar Mäe, is accused in a national newspaper today of groping women in the company and making belittling sexual remarks to and about them.

More than 10 c0mpany members, past and present, have spoken about incidents that go back seven years.

Aivar Mäe, who is 60, has been in charge of the company since 2009. He has issued a point by point denial.




  • Enquiring Mind says:

    Just when you thought #metoo was out, they pull it back in.

    • MT says:

      I’m pretty sure society is never going back to a pre-MeToo age. You may be an anomaly, but most people think silencing victims and allowing predators to act without consequence is a bad thing.

    • Talia says:

      Just when you thought men learned their lesson not to touch women without their permission, you realize there is still a long way to go.

      • Umberto says:

        It’s not just men Talia.

        Women in power have their own sexual needs be it with a male or another female.

        #MeToo is NOT reserved for men just as the fashionable term ‘racist’ is clearly not reserved as a pejorative against caucasians.

        Those that have been indoctrinated with these linear narratives are in for some big LEGAL surprises!!

        • Bruce says:

          Good point. Make sure to let us know when the accusations against women start pouring in.

          • Karl says:

            There aren’t that many accusations against women because most men aren’t brainwashed into a victimhood mentality. I have had women make jokes and touch me without permission several times every year. This has even happened AFTER we had training that specifically said unwanted touching is harassment. Why don’t I feel like a victim for it? Because I’m not a moron. When someone says or does something that actually crosses the line I firmly and politely state that. In 99% of cases that clears the issue up and we move on like mature adults. But women are being told that they’re victims and to rethink all their previous interactions to create a victimhood narrative. Then they complain about incidents from years in the past that probably didn’t even happen.

            On the other hand people who are falsely accused are real victims, especially in the metoo mouthfoamer era where a trial by media convicts everyone. Now any women with an ax to grind is coming out of the woodwork and throwing around accusations. I had TWO women do that to me at my last workplace when I reported them for payroll fraud. But I was a man so the cheats won.

          • sycorax says:

            About you being a moron one could discuss …
            However, there’s one point which is not to discuss: The difference between a man harassing a woman and a woman harassing a man. In most cases men areable to overpower women through sheer bodily strenght. However, women mostly can’t defend themselves against men without a weapon.

  • Emilee says:

    Wait until news of Vello Pähn comes out too..

  • Karl says:

    He should be Joe Biden’s running mate.

    • Ann says:

      I guess I’d have to choose molestation over death.


    • V.Lind says:

      I don’t think anyone who can be designated “he” is under ANY consideration for Joe Biden’s running mate.

      • DNC says:


        Biden is willfully and publicity discriminating against ALL MEN.

        I’m sure if a gal’s hair passes his normal “smell test” she’s got a shot!!


        They are normally white and pre-teen to young adult so it’s imperative they have long hair and cute.