Five years ago Mr. Domingo wrote a letter to the Washington Post because he didn’t like the review of his conducting of Tosca at the Washington National Opera. Domingo wrote: “For the first time in my life, I am sending a letter to the editor of a newspaper, because your music critic Anne Midgette has crossed the line between reasonably objective criticism and what appears to be open animosity.” According to Ms. Midgette the performance was “sabotaged, by the conducting” of Mr. Domingo.
Critics started to ask: should superstar Placido Domingo retire. Even the New York Times has brought up the sensitive issue: when is it time for a great artist to retire? Anthony Tommasini suggested that Domingo “should retire from the opera stage lest he tarnish the memory of a colossal career.” Mr. Domingo refused to retire. Instead he started a series of highly lucrative performances in places like Moscow and Budapest. His new friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin was eager to appear with him and the Kremlin even published a presidential birthday greeting to the singer.
When female stars getting old they start stripping, when male stars getting old they start to shake hands with politicians