Opera singer Placido Domingo received a red carpet welcome in Moscow on Tuesday amid accusations of sexual harassment by several women.
It was his first press conference since allegations from about 20 women were published reporting sexual harassment committed by the artist in the 1980s.
Organizers, fearful that the tenor might feel offended and cancel the concert due to take place on Thursday, did not allow any difficult questions.
The abuse accusations in the United States led Domingo to leave as general director of Los Angeles Opera and several American theaters said that they would not hire him again.
He has continued to receive the support of several European and Russian institutions.
Domingo has responded to the allegations through his spokesman and through statements that he always believed the encounters were “consensual.”
In Moscow everything was prepared so that he only had to talk about the concert, which will take place in Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.
Most of the questions were asked by a moderator from Russia’s official TASS news agency, in a room where attendees applauded when Domingo sat on the podium.
After allowing only a few questions from the public, which did not address at any time the accusations of sexual harassment, the press conference ended and the singer was quickly escorted out of the room.
The Spanish tenor introduced himself as a family man when he answered one question about how he had proposed marriage to his wife, whom he has been married to for more than 50 years.
Domingo has been to Moscow on 15 occasions, the first time when he was 33 years old.
“I am very, very happy to be here with you and I hope to have a wonderful concert,” the 78-year-old said.