A defining Gala performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess kicked off New York Metropolitan Opera Company’s Season at the Lincoln Center on Monday.

But on Tuesday the glitter was off the Gala. Can’t ignore the elephant that had just left the stage. Placido Domingo had been sacked from the lead role in Verdi’s Macbeth, opening that night. After fifty one years of consistent triumph, he is tossed out in ignominy, under the cloud of – as yet – unsubstantiated accusations of sexual impropriety.