An artist from Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theater died in an accident on stage during an opera on Saturday, the theater said.
The Bolshoi, one of Russia’s most prestigious theatres, said the incident occurred during a set change in Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Sadko.
“The opera was immediately stopped and the audience was asked to leave,” the theater said in comments carried by Interfax news agency.
Moscow investigators said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the 37-year-old artist’s death. It did not reveal his identity.
Interfax News quoted a source as saying that the artist was crushed by the ramp while changing scenes. Sources told RIA and TASS news agency that he died of a falling decoration piece.
The Bolshoi have been struck by tragedy in the past.
In July 2013, a senior violinist died after falling into an orchestra pit.
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