[Met Performance] CID:322940
Cancelled Performance
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.]



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