William Tell was cut short and L’italiana in Algeri cancelled yesterday after a man threw white powder into the orchestra pit during the second intermission, sparking a major security alert at the Met.
The man told people around him that he was scattering a friend’s ashes in a well-loved place.
He has been named by police as Roger Kaiser, 52, a jeweller from Dallas.
– Why was he allowed into the auditorium, let alone into the pit area, with a package?
– Why would any sane person find it acceptable to dispose of human remains in a place where living humans – musicians – work day and night for their livelihood?
Read a detailed firsthand account from a Musicaltoronto colleague who was there. Click here.