German opera singer gets probation for sexual assault

German opera singer gets probation for sexual assault


norman lebrecht

February 24, 2021

A chorus singer at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe charged with raping a male colleague in a changing room at an Elektra first night party has been cleared of the main charge but convicted of sexual molestation.

He has been sentenced to one year and seven months’ probation and a 3,000 Euro fine.


  • henry williams says:

    they only get probation not prison. it is because it is cheaper. to keep a person in prison is costly.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      No, it’s a culture of enabling and the idea that everybody is a victim and nobody is personally responsible.

      On some of those crime shows about serial murderers I’ve been horrified to learn of leniency for rape and murder where recidivists have gone on to serial killing. Some of these cases were in Germany and it was just appalling that men who raped and murdered had served minimum sentences. Same in the UK and the USA.

      And people demand to feel ‘safe’ with Covid-19. Completely risible, epic hypocrisy.

      • Sharon says:

        There’s a lot of rape, at least in the US prisons, and because of the culture of “he who snitches is a dead man” it cannot be reported or punished. In other words, the prisoners have less defense than those on the outside. The judge may have been trying to protect other prisoners, some of whom may not be in prison for any violent crime, by keeping this predator out of the prison.

    • Karl says:

      He was only convicted of inappropriate touching while he was extremely drunk. It’s absurd to sentence someone to prison for something like that.—-verdict–in-the-process-of-sexual-violence-at-the-state-theater—.S1MOVTZGO.html

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Does anyone know what happened to David Daniels? Where is he? What’s the status of his case? I can’t seem to find anything current on the net.

  • John Borstlap says:

    The early Strauss operas often have such effects on people. That is why he changed to Rosenkavalier instead, Pauline got quite nervous of all those incidents.

    • José Bergher says:

      Perhaps Pauline deserved it and Richard wasn’t thinking of Jochanaan’s head but Pauline’s. I read somewhere that she was a real pain in the ass.

  • CROGERS says:

    When I was setting out to train in theatre arts my whole purpose was that the arts can teach you how to be a better human being. More in touch with oneself, more empathic, more compassionate, a grown up. That’s the whole point of great art: to grow up, become your best self.

    • Antonia says:

      Yes, but it’s a false narrative. There is so much abuse and unkindness in the arts world, alongside the greater kindness. It really is a two-faceted realm dealing in opposite extremes. My scientist spouse terms it a bi-polar distribution.