Bolshoi Theatre performer killed in accident on stage during opera

Moscow: A performer at Moscow’s renowned Bolshoi Theatre was killed in an accident on stage during an opera, the theatre said.

The Bolshoi, one of Russia’s most prestigious theatres, said the incident occurred during a set change in Sadko, an opera by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.Credit:Alamy

“The opera was closest stopped and the audience was asked to leave,” the theatre said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.

Moscow investigators said they were probing the circumstances surrounding the death of the 37-year-old performer, a man. It did not disclose his identity.

The Interfax news cited a source as saying that the performer was crushed by a ramp during a change of scenery. supplies told the RIA and TASS news agency he had been killed by a falling piece of decor.

The man was later identified in reports as Yevgeny Kulesh, who worked as an onstage additional, supplementing singers and dancers.

The Bolshoi has been hit by tragedy in the past.

In July 2013, a senior violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit.

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