Opera singer Placido Domingo on Tuesday dropped out of a performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City while disputing accusations of sexual misconduct levelled by several women in the classical music world.

Domingo, one of the world’s leading tenors, was due to appear in Macbeth on Wednesday. He also suggested he would never perform at the Met again.

“While I strongly dispute recent allegations made about me, and I am concerned about a climate in which people are condemned without due process, upon reflection, I believe that my appearance in this production of Macbeth would distract from the hard work of my colleagues both on stage and behind the scenes. As a result, I have asked to withdraw and I thank the leadership of the Met for graciously granting my request,” the Spanish singer said in a statement.

“I am happy that, at the age of 78, I was able to sing the wonderful title role in the dress rehearsal of Macbeth, which I consider my last performance on the Met stage,” he added.

More than three dozen singers, dancers, musicians, voice teachers and backstage staff have said in the past month that they had witnessed or experienced inappropriate behaviour by the singer at different opera houses over the last three decades.