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Actor accidentally killed on stage during opera at Moscow’s Bolshoi theater

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 10/9/2021 Muri Assunção

An actor was killed on stage Saturday at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, according to local reports.

The tragic incident took place during an evening performance of “Sadko,” an opera by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The 37-year-old man, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed, was killed shortly after the performance began.

“The opera was immediately stopped and the audience was asked to leave,” Bolshoi officials said, according to the Moscow-headquartered news agency Interfax.

A performer at Moscow's renowned Bolshoi Theatre was killed on Saturday in an accident on stage during an opera, the theater said. © Provided by New York Daily News A performer at Moscow's renowned Bolshoi Theatre was killed on Saturday in an accident on stage during an opera, the theater said.

A performer at Moscow's renowned Bolshoi Theatre was killed on Saturday in an accident on stage during an opera, the theater said.

TASS, Russia’s largest news agency, reported that the victim was killed after he was crushed by a falling piece of stage decoration.

“Nobody had time to sing. The overture had only finished playing,” one witness wrote on social media, according to Russia’s state-controlled TV.

The artist, who had reportedly worked at the Bolshoi since 2002, died on the spot, according to media reports.

The Russian Investigative Committee is said to be investigating Saturday’s “tragic events,” and forensics experts are currently working at the scene.

According to Reuters, another tragic accident claimed the life of another Bolshoi employee about eight years ago. A senior violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit in July 2013.

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