Plácido Domingo returning to stage for first time since sexual harassment accusations
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Opera singer Placido Domingo is set to perform Sunday for the first time since nine women accused him of sexual harassment, according to The Associated Press.

While two U.S. opera houses canceled scheduled appearances by Domingo, several European venues, including the Salzburg, Austria, location where he is slated to perform this weekend, have kept the 78-year-old singer’s engagements on the schedule, according to the AP.

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The allegations, first reported by the AP last week, span decades and begin in the 1980s, with the accusers saying Domingo used his position as general director at the LA Opera to both offer women career advancement in exchange for sex and punish those who rebuffed him, as well as subjecting them to unwanted touching and kissing.

Domingo, in his first statement on the allegations since their publication, called them “deeply troubling and, as presented, inaccurate,” telling the AP he perceived the encounters as consensual.

The accusations and Domingo’s planned appearance in Salzburg have prompted debate in Austria as to the proper response to the allegations, with Gert Korentschnig, culture editor at the Viennese daily Kurier, writing that rather than Domingo as an individual, the focus should be on a broader assessment of the culture of opera.

“Is opera, where the artists and above all female artists, depend on the goodwill of the artistic director, conductor or singer, a hoard of power abuse?” he wrote, according to the AP. “The Domingo case is more than a pummeling of a superstar. It is a cry against suppression and machoism throughout the music business.”