Just in: Domingo falls sick at the Bolshoi

Just in: Domingo falls sick at the Bolshoi


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2021

We hear that Placido Domingo withdrew at the last minute from singing Germont in Moscow’s La traviata. The audience were told he is ‘indisposed’.

His replacement is the Polish baritone Stanislav Kuflyuk.

Domingo failed to complete his last Nabucco in Vienna this month.



  • BRUCEB says:

    Whatever. Even if he never sings in public again*, he can still sell tickets for awhile.

    *(I’m sure he’ll be back though)

  • Liam Allan-Dalgleish says:

    I don’t wonder the man is sick. He has been hounded, pounded, and scoundreled near unto death by this out of control sexual abuse vendetta mentality that has grown up on this planet in recent days. Things that would have been thought mere harmless flirtation have become grounds for lynching by proxy.

    • Yes Addison says:

      Whatever you feel about the case against Domingo for sexual misconduct and abuse of power, he’s hardly been persecuted to the point of destruction. Some theaters cut ties with him, but he’s still been singing and conducting in Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, France. He’s still been seeing to the Operalia competition. He still has many famous colleagues (including more than a few sopranos and mezzos) fawning over him. Many people in the business wish they had the schedule (and the compensation) he has even post scandal.

      He’s an eightysomething man who may be having health problems. I can wish him well and leave it at that.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    It really doesn’t have to end like this.

  • caranome says:

    It’s time to go…on your own footing. No point having to be carried out. You’ve done enough. Enjoy the remains of your days.

  • Achim Mentzel says:

    The man can now neither sing, nor conduct (which he never could), nor comment in a qualified manner on any subject, let alone music. It is simply embarrassing. If it weren’t so abysmally sad, one would buy a bag of popcorn, watch and place bets on how low he can still sink.