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Opera is evacuated due to bad smell

March 20, 2017 by norman lebrecht

6 comments.


The entire audience and performing cast were ordered to leave the building of Sofia Opera and Ballet last night due to a powerful smell that many described as ‘suffocating’.

In all, 650 people left the building a short way into the performance of Borodin’s Prince Igor.

No cause has been confirmed. The general suspicion is that the smell came from toxic cleaning fluids.


Comments (6)

  1. Walt says:

    A few big guys, too many trushia and chops for dinner and look what happens!

    1. John Borstlap says:

      Hilarious….. but also in the garlic belt concerts and opera performances are sometimes disrupted by the usual diet – south of France, Spain, Italy, Greece.

  2. Sixtus says:

    Only 650 total evacuees in a hall that can seat 980 means, at best, the audience was only at 66% of capacity. Either something is truly rotten . . . or that Peter Gelb is running the Sofia Opera too.

  3. M2N2K says:

    Would be a good idea to evacuate everyone every time when the production stinks.

    1. John Borstlap says:

      I would leave every Regietheater production with an empty hall.

      1. M2N2K says:

        Your words – not mine.


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