Update: Police Identify “Suspicious” Substance Released at Met Opera

News   Update: Police Identify “Suspicious” Substance Released at Met Opera
Guillaume Tell was cut short after the incident.
The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera Monica Simoes

In the midst of the four-and-a-half-hour opera Guillaume Tell at The Metropolitan Opera’s October 29 matinee, an unidentified powered substance was sprinkled into the orchestra pit by an audience member causing The Met to cancel the performance during its second intermission.

Update: Police later identified the material as the ashes of a deceased friend, according to The New York Post. The Post identifies the man as jeweler and opera buff Roger Kaiser, 52.

That day, according to the Post, Kaiser posted on Instagram, “Oct 29 is gonna be a good day!” with his tickets for both Saturday’s matinee and evening operas. However, the Instagram page in no longer available.

The Met posted the below Facebook message after the incident and cancelling the show, around 5:45 PM. The evening performance was also canceled. According to the New York Times, the Met will reopen Monday.

According to ABC 7, the FDNY responded after the cancelation at 5:20 PM, and officials say that it is a “suspicious powder”; the audience was told there was a technical issue.

Tweets surfaced shortly thereafter showing an inflated suitcase device being brought in and out of The Met and multiple NYPD vehicles onsite.

Playbill.com will continue to update.

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