The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Singer David Daniels is accused of drugging and raping a young opera singer | August 23, 2018

By Jacob Stockinger

More allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault keep emerging from the world of classical music, even as the #MeToo movement is again in the headlines with accusations and denials about the movie star Asia Argento having sex with a minor.

The latest allegation is an accusation by a young opera singer who says that in 2010 he was drugged and raped by David Daniels (below), who is world-famous as a countertenor and who teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is now on leave.

Included in the allegation is Daniels’ husband Scott Walters, who is a conductor and who is accused of participating in the drug and rape incident.

Here is a well-researched and well-reported story from National Public Radio (NPR):

And here is a link to the story in The New York Daily News, the newspaper that first broke the story. That version also has photos of the accuser and Scott Walters.

1 Comment »

  1. Maybe some words of poetry are appropriate:

    “It is not upon you alone that the dark patches fall,
    The dark threw its patches down upon me also. …
    Nor is it you alone know what it is to be evil.
    I am he who knew what it was to be evil,
    I too knitted the old knot of contrariety,
    Blabb’d, blush’d, resented, lied, stole, grudg’d,
    Had guile, anger, lust, hot wishes I dared not speak…
    The wolf, the snake, the hog not wanting in me….”

    Walt Whitman
    “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”


    Comment by fflambeau — August 24, 2018 @ 11:22 pm

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