Salzburg (AP) - The audience of the Salzburg Festival has celebrated the opera star Plácido Domingo (78), despite the allegations of several women on Sunday.

At the Spaniard's first appearance since the allegations of sexual assault, the entire ensemble of singers had performed Verdi's "Luisa Miller" concert performance before the overture's first note. The audience stood up and applauded with loud bravo shouts, as participants subsequently reported. Domingo sang at the Grand Festspielhaus on Sunday. At the end the audience stood up and gave Domingo and the other singers a few minutes of applause.

Several singers had accused Domingo some decades ago assaults. As part of the "MeToo" movement, in which hundreds of women have publicly made allegations against influential men for nearly two years, the San Francisco Opera House and the Philadelphia Orchestra have canceled scheduled concerts with Domingo in the United States. The singer dismissed the allegations as inaccurate. They had deeply disturbed him. Many opera singers expressed their trust in Domingo.