October 25, 2021

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Bolshoi Theatre performer killed in accident on stage during opera

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

Moscow’s prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident, and the Tverskoy Inter-district Investigation Department is conducting a pre-investigation check at the scene.

The interior of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow after the incident. CNN is unable to verify what the blur is covering in the photos posted and pixellated by the Moscow Prosecutor's Office.

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

“The opera was immediately stopped and the audience was asked to leave,” the theater said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency. The rest of the performance was canceled and the audience was refunded.

The incident took place towards the back of the stage, where Kulesh “went in the wrong direction” as the scenery was descending, according to a law enforcement source, Russian state news agency TASS reported. 

The Interfax news cited a source as saying that the performer was crushed by a ramp during a change of scenery.

The Bolshoi has been struck by tragedy in the past. In July 2013, a senior violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit.