[Met Performance] CID:322940
The Makropulos Case: Act I partial. Metropolitan Opera House: 01/5/1996.
(Minutes after the opera began, tenor Richard Versailles suffered a fatal heart attack on stage and the performance was cancelled.)
Metropolitan Opera House
January 5, 1996
THE MAKROPULOS CASE: Act I fragment
Leos Janácek--Leos Janácek
[Minutes into the scheduled premiere of Janácek's opera, after singing the line "You can only live so long" from a ladder on the set, Richard Versalle, portraying Vítek, suffered a fatal heart attack, and fell ten feet to the stage below. The curtain was lowered and a few minutes later General Manager Joseph Volpe announced the cancellation of the performance.]