Music lovers have descended on Vienna’s Musikveren building in a dazzling spectacle of music and dancing.
The Vienna Philharmonic Ball, in its 80th year, was hosted last night in the Austrian capital and was attended by hundreds of guests dressed in all their finery, with some famous faces in the crowd too.
Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo was pictured in a tuxedo alongside Russian-Austrian soprano Anna Netrebko, who was wearing a stunning ruby red floor-length gown embellished with beads. Meanwhile dancers graced the ballroom in a sea of monochrome as they waltzed the night away in white debutante dresses and black tuxedos.
Domingo’s appearance at the 80th event comes as he faces a fresh sexual harassment allegation from an anonymous Spanish woman who claims he asked to touch her following a performance. Domingo has not admitted any wrongdoing.
Music lovers and dazzling debutantes descended on the Musikverein building in Vienna, Austria, to attend the 80th annual Philharmonic Ball last night. Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo, who faces a fresh sexual harassment allegation, performed alongside Anna Netrebko. Domingo has not admitted any wrongdoing
The unnamed woman spoke on Spain’s La Sexta TV channel, where she claimed he asked her during a rehearsal: ‘Listen, can I put my hand in one of these lovely pockets of yours?’
The accuser added: ‘I was wearing trousers with an embroidered back pocket.
Debutantes dressed in stunning white gowns while the men wore black and white tuxedos in a sea of monochrome
‘I had a bad stomach because I thought, “what can I say to [Domingo] in order to carry on normally?”
‘If I tell him no, there will be consequences and if I say yes, I don’t even want to think about it.’
The Three Tenors opera singer’s career was first rocked three years ago by similar allegations.
Domingo performed alongside Ms Netrebko last night in spite of the claims made against him as dancers waltzed across the ballroom.
On piano was Austrian opera singer and pianist Robert Werner.
Plácido Domingo attended the ball where he performed with Russian-Austrian soprano Anna Netrebko
Domingo wore a tuxedo and tails, while the Russian-Austrian opera singer donned a floor length dress as per the dress code
The Three Tenors opera singer appeared deep in conversation with Netrebko, who styled her dark brunette locks in a fancy updo
Anna Netrebko accessorised her stunning dress with a red and black clutch bag on her wrist, dangling ruby earrings and a statement ring
Anna Netrebko (pictured) stole the show in a dazzling floor-length ruby red gown amid sea of monochrome
The Russian-Austrian opera singer’s red dress was embellished with sparkling beads and sequins
The debutantes wore stunning white floor-length gowns as they took to the dancefloor of the ballroom
Austrian actor Tobias Moretti and his wife Julia Moretti attended the event and were pictured dancing together
One couple were pictured waltzing with near-perfect frames as they made their way across the dancefloor
As the debutantes finished their routine, many knelt on the floor while one young dancer was raised up
The central dancer beamed as she was lifted by her dance partner and rested on his shoulders as she held up her posy of flowers
Not a hair out of place! The well-rehearsed dancers had perfect form as they lined up during their routine
The debuatantes performed a synchronised routine where they were twirled around by their dance partners
The debutantes had firm grips on their partners as they waltzed across the dancefloor throughout the evening
Don’t drop it! Orchestra instruments are passed down through the dance floor after the opening performance
The teams worked incredibly carefully to put the heavy instruments away following the opening performance
A team stationed below the dancefloor were on hand to take the heavy instruments as they were passed down
Music stands as well as instruments were put back into the pit after the opening performance as the dancers stood to one side
The orchestra performing during the opening ceremony of the 80th Vienna Philharmonic Ball as the conductor directs them
A high-up shot of the ballroom shows guests descending on the dancefloor following the debutantes’ performance
Austrian opera singer and pianist Robert Werner performed at the Musikverein in Vienna to mark the 80th Philharmonic ball
The opera singer joined the revellers, debutantes and other performers on the evening