As attorneys for LA Opera get to work immediately inspecting the sex-pest allegations towards Placido Domingo, the results of this take-down try by the Related Press information company are being calculated throughout the opera world.
A word of triumphalism from the Domingo camp – which has seen main European opera homes rallying to his flag – have to be tempered with an consciousness of the stain that can cling to his title after he’s (virtually inevitably) cleared by LA legislation. Phrase within the opera corridors is the Domingo, 78, will ‘voluntarily’ retire as director of LA Opera, which he co-founded, shortly earlier than his 80th birthday.
The remainder is fishwrap. Domingo won’t ever be capable to give one other interview with out being questioned about his alleged conduct. He has nowhere to cover, exterior his non-public jet.
The European establishments which have backed him, led by the Salzburg Competition, are being demeaned in US media as insensitive. US insitutions which briefly barred him, are seen in Europe as over-sensitive. No-one comes out of this with status enhanced.
Particularly the Related Press. What had been they doing working a narrative based mostly on eight nameless denunciations and one (subsequently modified) light rebuke from an ex-colleague? What sort of journalism was this – Salem or Stalinism? Why has the journalist not been referred to as out to defend her observe? It’s a foul day for American journalism when smears include no title connected.
Saddest if all are the real victims of sexual harrassment within the office who’ve seen their simply outcry trivialised by unhealthy journalism and tossed apart by vested pursuits within the opera world.
No-one comes out of this a winner.