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Actor killed in stage accident during opera at legendary Bolshoi Theater in Russia


An artist from the legendary Russian Bolshoi Theater was killed in an accident on stage during an opera performance on Saturday, the Moscow company announced.

The theater said the incident occurred during a change of scenery in “Sadko”, a 19th-century opera by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

“The performance was immediately interrupted and the audience was asked to leave,” the theater press service told Interfax news agency.

The Moscow Commission of Inquiry said in a statement it was investigating the death of the 37-year-old artist. They said he was injured and died before an ambulance arrived.

BBC News identified the victim as Yevgeny Kulesh. Local media reported that Kulesh has been a stage performer since 2002.

Citing a source, Interfax reported that the performer was run over by a ramp during a set change.

The accident is not the first tragedy to hit the famous Moscow theater. In 2013, a senior violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit.

Actor killed in stage accident during opera at legendary Bolshoi Theater in Russia
A conservator puts the finishing touches on a balcony ceiling in the Great Hall of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia on Thursday, June 23, 2011, during a press tour of conservators.

AP Photo / Alexandre Zemlianichenko


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