Acts of violence alleged in a French opera housemain
A stagehand in Toulouse has been charged with sabotage over the failure of a piece of machinery that put an American tenor’s life at risk.
The employee, named as Nicolas S., is accused of obstructing the operation of an automated data system and fraudulent modification of data.
The incident was rather more graphic than described.
During the finale of Tristan und Isolde in 2015 the tenor Robert Dean Smith was meant to lie prone on stage beneath an overhanging rock that weighed 212 kg.
One night, the rock came crashing down. The tenor saw it fall just in time and managed to roll away.
A police investigation found that the computer controls of the machinery had been tampered with.
Smith did not press charges and it has taken more than five years for the case to be prosecuted.