Placido Domingo gets a standing ovation

Opera singer Placido Domingo during the performance of Luisa Miller at the Salzburg Festival on Sunday.
Opera singer Placido Domingo during the performance of Luisa Miller at the Salzburg Festival on Sunday.PHOTO: APA

SALZBURG • There were no boos. On Sunday, opera legend Placido Domingo received a standing ovation at the Salzburg Festival, his first performance since he was accused of sexually harassing women.

"Triumph in Salzburg, standing ovation for Domingo despite the Me Too affair," a headline in the regional daily Kleine Zeitung said, following his performance in the Giuseppe Verdi opera Luisa Miller at the annual music and drama festival in Austria.

Eight singers and a dancer told the Associated Press earlier this month they were sexually harassed by the former member of the much lauded "Three Tenors", in incidents going back to the 1980s.

Several women, one of whom was identified, accused Domingo of using his position as one of opera's most celebrated singers to pressure them into sexual relationships.

The Los Angeles Opera has opened an investigation.

Following the claims, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association withdrew its invitation to Domingo to appear in its opening-night concert on Sept 18.

However, the head of the Salzburg Festival in Austria said Domingo would perform as planned.

Madrid-born Domingo was one of the most recognised tenors of the 20th century, alongside famous tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras.

In recent years, the long-time married opera star has transformed himself into a baritone and still performs to packed audiences at the age of 78.

He has made more than 100 albums and picked up 14 Grammy awards.

Earlier this year, he celebrated his 4,000th performance in a career that stretches over 60 years.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2019, with the headline 'Placido Domingo gets a standing ovation'. Print Edition | Subscribe