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Domingo: going, going, gone

Last week, I broached the question "Will he or won't he?" with regard to Plácido Domingo's contract at WNO. Today, the answer: He won't.

Breaking news: Domingo announces that he will not renew WNO contract, over on Arts Post.

Edited to add: In Tuesday's Washington Post: The full story.

By Anne Midgette  | September 27, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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It's too bad that he waited so long to do this. He ruined the company. This is about 8 years too late. I always thought it egomaniacal that in all the Opera promos mailed out, that he had his face on 95% of the pages. The company was only a vehicle to promote him. I hope that when he goes, he really goes. I mean no long term conducting agreements. He barely sang here, so we will not miss his voice. He is a talented singer, one of the world's best. However, he is an example of The Peter Principle, applied to opera. He was promoted to the highest level of his incompetence. When he goes, I hope he takes all his Zarzuela with him.

Posted by: petronius88 | September 27, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Would one make the same comment concerning the Company's Musical Director, that it is hoped that Maestro Fricke takes his native German repertory with him when he goes? Personally, I should rather encounter a tasteful, handsomely-sung LUISA FERNANDA than another dull, tired LUSTIGE WITWE. Domingo's tenure has been problematic without question, but he has sold tickets. Whether the Company now merges with Kennedy Center or remains autonomous, there is now a magnificent opportunity for genuine artistic advancement.

Posted by: ncpoet32 | September 27, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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