Within the Washington manufacturing of Le Cid the place Angela Turner Wilson alleged that Domingo groped her breast, the feminine lead function, Chimène, was sung by the Portuguese soprano Elisabete Matos.
Matos, newly appointed creative director of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, was requested by two Portuguese newspapers this week for her view. She contests the accuracy of Wilson’s recollection.
Right here’s what she mentioned:
‘Firstly I don’t like meddling with facets of different folks’s non-public lives. I can solely converse for myself and [Domingo] was all the time a gentleman with me, a really beneficiant one who handled me and helped me with utmost respect. One other factor I can say is that we stay in a supposedly democratic world the place there’s the presumption of innocence, and public judgements that aren’t made in a correct place all the time convey extra damaging than constructive conditions. I believe he’s, was and can proceed to be a fantastic artist in our recollections, and I hope with all my coronary heart and affection I’ve for him as a colleague and one who in some unspecified time in the future admired my work and invited me to numerous events, that every one this will probably be resolved and clarified. I can’t say greater than this as a result of every case is a person case whereas there are issues I discover laborious to imagine. I can’t choose the opposite social gathering who complains a couple of scenario which may have been much less appropriate. However I doubt it. The individual I do know isn’t like that. However I stress, trials shouldn’t be made within the public sq., however solely within the locations of legislation and with proof and with a presumption of innocence.’
Final night time Slipped Disc acquired this message from Anna Tomowa-Sintow, one of many main sopranos of the late 20th century:
Over the numerous years of our creative collaboration I’ve all the time skilled Placido Domingo to be an exquisite human being and a fully impeccable associate on stage, in addition to a fantastic and tremendously devoted artist. His goal in life is and all the time has been to serve music and the humanities.