During the intermission of the October 29 Metropolitan Opera performance of Guillaume Tell, audience member Roger Kaiser tossed a white powder into the orchestra pit. As a safety precaution, the company canceled the rest of the show, as well as Saturday night’s performance of L’Ialiana in Algeri, while police investigated the situation. The powder turned out to be the ashes of Kaiser’s opera-loving mentor. Apparently, Kaiser meant no harm and had told several audience members of his plan.
Some members shared their awful experiences while on the job. You can read them below, and make sure you tell us about any bad experiences you’ve had at a gig as well.
From Carey Domb (Local 149, Toronto, ON)
My awful gig was about twenty years ago and it still bothers me! I was playing a week as an extra cellist with the Toronto Symphony. I was at the back of the section, just in front of the basses. We were rehearsing Cavaleria Rusticana when it happened. The principal bassist fell like a tree onto me, bass and all of about 250 pounds of him. I passed out from the fall, and came to with a whale of a man on top of me, his bass to one side and my beautiful 1870 cello to the other, the neck completely severed.
From Bob Patterson (Local 60-471, Pittsburgh, PA)