Like much of Melville, Billy Budd is as more a treatise than a tale: a meditation on "maleness" as a philosophic quality. Melville loved the ambiguities hidden in the male drive for action and greater purpose.
What's to be done about someone whose art is or seems to be so great, but whose prejudices were unquestionably contributory to great evil? How do you continue to appreciate art once aware of the enormity it was accessory to?
Placido Domingo's collaboration with composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks dates back several decades and includes a number of commissioned operas for young audiences. The collaboration continues with the premiere of Dulce Rosa.
Although music critics never cease to be amazed at the longevity of Placido Domingo's vocal apparatus, they are now critical of his management of LA Opera and Washington National Opera, which are both in financial disarray.