Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

A performer at Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theater was killed in one on Saturday accident on stage during an opera.

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

The cast member has been identified by state media as 38-year-old Yevgeny Kulesh.

Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, was killed when he was hit by a background that was lowered during an opera performance.
Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, was killed when he was hit by a background that was lowered during an opera performance. (CNN)

The theater tweeted its condolences yesterday.

“The management of the Bolshoi Theater and the team of the imitation ensemble regretfully announce the tragic death of our artist Yevgeny Sergeevich Kulesh (16.08.1983 – 09.10.2021). We express our deep sympathy with family and friends. Time and place of a memorial will be announced later, “was the tweet.

Moscow prosecutors have opened one investigation the circumstances surrounding the accident, and the Tverskoy Inter-District Investigation Department is conducting an on-site preliminary investigation.

“The opera was stopped immediately and the audience was asked to leave,” the theater told the Interfax news agency.

The rest of the performance was canceled and the audience was refunded.

The incident took place at the back of the scene, where Mr Kulesh “went in the wrong direction” when the landscape fell, according to a law enforcement source, the Russian state news agency TASS reports.

Interfax News quoted a source as saying the artist was crushed by a ramp during a landscape change.

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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