#TBT Just In Case You’ve Been Living Under A Rock, Plácido Domingo Is Back In The News

At the end of last week, news broke about Plácido Domingo’s alleged ties to an Argentinian crime syndicate. Nutshell: law enforcement has wiretap recordings that include an individual they believe is Domingo making arrangements with a representative of the crime syndicate for a clandestine meeting with a sex worker.

While Domingo is not being sought by Argentinian authorities, the individual on the phone call has been arrested and several other classical musicians connected to her have been arrested or are being pursued by authorities.

What’s left to be seen is whether this will impact Domingo’s ability to secure work in the few locations where he’s still welcomed in the wake of numerous sexual misconduct and abuse of power incidents. Just in case you need a reminder about those:

First Of Two Reports Concludes Plácido Domingo Engaged In Sexual Misconduct And Abuse Of Power
Remember That Time When Plácido Said He Accepted Full Responsibility For His Actions?
LA Opera Determines Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against Domingo Are Credible
Domingo’s Response To #MeToo Allegations Continues To Raise Eyebrows
AGMA Whistleblower Steps Forward
The Latest #MeToo Installment

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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#TBT Just In Case You've Been Living Under A Rock, Plácido Domingo Is Back In The News