‘People who do really good stuff have flaws’ said Barack Obama in a recent talk. About the same time I read: ‘Placido Domingo has withdrawn from all future engagements at New York’s Metropolittan Opera [after 51 consecutive years] following allegations of sexual harrassment made by several women, including a soprano who said he reached down her robe and grabbed her bare breast’.[The Week,5 October 2019] Domingo’s burnished tenor and acting ability has thrilled generations of opera lovers. At 78 it was probably time he hung up his boots. But should he be driven off stage by allegations of sexual impropriety?
I reproduce below two comments I received from friends, the first a man, the second a woman, both of whom share my love of opera.
First,‘In my view, the primary dilemma is