European opera singers on sexual assault allegations facing Placido Domingo

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BY Anne Fleischmann & Emma Beswick

Photo credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Photo credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Accusations of sexual harassment against opera star Placido Domingo did not stop the audience at Salzburg Festival giving the Spaniard a standing ovation.

He played to a packed room in Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" on Sunday — his first show since nine women accused him of sexual harassment.

Eight singers and one dancer have spoken out against the opera star, who denies the allegations.

Domingo's welcome in Salzburg comes in strong contrast to the US — San Francisco Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra cancelled concerts with the singer.

"Though the alleged incidents reported did not take place at San Francisco Opera, the Company is unable to present the artist on the War Memorial Opera House stage," the former wrote in a statement as it cancelled a show.

Euronews spoke to two opera singers who have worked with Domingo as well as an opera student who has experience in the industry — their names have been changed due to their wish to remain anonymous.