Saturday night, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York was evacuated during the second intermission of Guillaume Tell.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) October 31, 2016
Apparently, some man dumped a mysterious powdery substance into the Orchestra Pit. The New York City Police Department were called in to investigate.
The unidentified man fled the scene after the damage was already done. Several audience members revealed that the man told them he was there to spread the ashes of his late opera mentor.
My question is, if someone told you that…wouldn’t you tell a staff member immediately? The first question I would have asked is, “WHERE are you going to dump the ashes?” These are human remains and shouldn’t be sprinkled in an indoor environment.
I am sure he meant no harm, but what about the musicians? Did he think he could be dumping the remains of his dead friend on the trumpet players head? The coroner and police took the incident seriously as well. A body bag and suitcase was brought into take care of removing the remains.