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Great artists do not have a God-given right to womanise

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Placido Domingo with the New York Rockettes, in in 1984
Placido Domingo with the New York Rockettes, in in 1984

In the age of MeToo, it’s time to stop being seduced by cultural Lotharios and consider the women in their lives, says Serena Davies

Yesterday’s news alleging Placido Domingo – charming, handsome and long admired for his ability to slay the ladies – committed sexual harassment is nothing if not depressing. Did the romance of this passionate Alfredo, this stirring Don Carlo have a shadier side? Did this touching Don José, the pawn in Carmen’s game, make others feel vulnerable?

Although past his prime, there’s no doubt that Domingo is the world’s greatest living opera star. That accolade is unassailable, but the story does suggest Domingo’s celebrity and the power of his charisma meant it was...

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