Placido Domingo at the Verona Arena: the orchestra refuses to get up

The CGIL and the feminist associations of Verona against Placido Domingo. The outcome of the evenings of Verdi Opera Night, which saw him protagonist on August 25 and of the Turandot directed by the same artist the following evening they brought the Slc (Syndicate Workers of Communication) of CGIL of Verona to write a letter of protest on August 29 at the Arena Foundation. “The outcome of the evenings, given the embarrassing rehearsals, had been foreseen and denounced by the choir artists themselves, orchestra professors and stage technicians, who had immediately understood that Domingo was not up to his fame and the task entrusted to him by the Arena di Verona Foundation. The result of the two evenings was very bad and only the professionalism of the artistic and technical workers of the Arena Foundation allowed the event not to turn into a gigantic failure “, write the leaders of the Slc CGIL.

“In Turandot, an impervious work, all the more so if the necessary tests are not carried out, all the workers have felt abandoned to themselves on more than one occasion, risking several times to go upside down. To confirm this, there was a protest from the orchestra who, aware of the mediocrity of the show just ended, refused to stand up at the usual sign of the conductor who invited them to take the applause. Many orchestra professors and choir artists have no doubts: that of the 26th was one of the most humiliating evenings for the whole artistic sector. “So, the SLC concludes:” In our opinion, the public deserves more. We hope that the artistic direction will rethink the organization of the Gala Domingo 2023. In our opinion it would be appropriate to cancel it (also in light of the scandals of recent years), but if this is too much demand, thinking of organizing it as a tribute to Domingo, without him being the main protagonist, is a request to be taken into serious consideration “.

Even the feminist associations of Verona have complained about the choice to open the doors of the Arena to Placido Domingo. In an open letter to the new mayor of the city, Damiano Tommasias president of the lyric institution, the associations led by “Not one less” they express “amazement and consternation”. “Domingo – they write in the note – has already been indicted for sexual harassment in 2019 and in 2020 he resigned from the position of director of theLos Angeles Opera, declaring himself repentant and apologizing to the victims, only to retract everything shortly after. Now he is subjected to other serious accusations: he is said to be a member of a sect that reduces women to sex slaves, under the influence of a self-styled guru and yoga teacher: investigations are underway in Argentina “.

“Far from wanting to condemn anyone before the conclusion of the investigations and instead of the competent judiciary, we regret a choice that is incomprehensible and grotesque by the Arena Foundation”, continue the feminist associations. “The current presence of Placido Domingo at the Arena Opera Festival is the result of a decision that clearly highlights the sensitivity of Superintendent Gasdia regarding issues of such gravity and importance. It is necessary to assume a responsibility in the choices that evaluate the person and not only his artistic expertise “concludes the note.


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