The current Metropolitan Opera season will continue Monday night after two shows were cancelled on Saturday. During the intermission of yesterday’s matinee performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, an unidentified man walked over to the pit and according to witnesses poured the ashes of his opera-loving mentor into the orchestra. The Rossini opera was promptly cancelled after the incident occurred as was the Saturday night performance of another Rossini opera, L’Italiana in Algieri, pending an investigation.
A New York Police Department official said that there was likely no criminal intent involved in the sprinkling of the powder-like material. A box office representative has said that Monday night’s production of Janacek’s Jenufa will be performed as scheduled. The 2016-2017 season marks the Met’s 50th anniversary at their home in Lincoln Center. Read more about Saturday’s incident in the New York Times.