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Theatre performer killed following tragic stage accident during opera

Investigations are underway after a performer died on stage during an opera in Moscow.

The incident occurred at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, which is one of Russia’s most prestigious theatres, during a performance of Sadko.

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During the opera, by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, it’s understood that the performer was killed during a scene change.

Following the death of the 37-year-old man, the opera was immediately stopped and the audience was asked to leave, according to comments issued to Interfax news agency by the theatre.

The news agency cited a source stating that the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, was crushed by a ramp during a scene change.

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The theatre has been struck with prior tragedies, with one incident occurring back in July 2013 when a violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit.

Moscow investigators will continue to examine the circumstances surrounding the recent incident that occurred at the theatre.

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