Breaking (literally): Ring production cancelled after stage collapses

Darmstadt has been forced to call off its run of Das Rheingold after an eight-metre stage wall came crashing down during Saturday night’s sold-out performance, injuring a player in the pit. A woman, 55, was taken to hospital with head injuries – minor, it is said.

Police are investigating the cause, as are the health-and-safety and labour relations inspectorates.

Accidents in Wagner’s epic cycle are legion. There was a nasty accident four months ago at the Met in which injury was only narrowly avoided. New precautions may be required.


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