Why is Covent Garden talking to Domingo?main
The Royal Opera House told the Times this morning that it has plans for Placido Domingo:
Covent Garden has said it is in discussion with the 80-year-old singer about a future collaboration, and has said it will “take on board many of the facts and manner of the allegations”….
In an interview in Times2 today Oliver Mears, director of opera at Covent Garden, said: “Plácido has a long-standing and rich association with the opera house going back many decades and we’re currently discussing what form any future collaboration might take either next season or beyond that.”
Are they out of their minds?
Why in the thick of a pandemic and Brexit border controls would they turn to a superannuated Spanish singer, tainted by sexual misconduct allegations and an appetite for state honours and high fees?
If this is the future of the ROH, it has none. This is a really serious misjudgement by Royal Opera director Oliver Mears, probably pressured by members of his board.
Domingo is presently spending much of his time in Moscow, entertaining Putin puppets.
The Times, in its leader, writes: Democratic societies have greater moral standing than this, and their publicly subsidised arts organisations should bid farewell to this star performer.