Metropolitan Opera New York

An afternoon performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at the Metropolitan Opera in New York was abandoned on Saturday during the second intermission after a member of the audience peppered an unidentified powder into the orchestra pit. The New York Police Department was called to investigate the incident. The company has also canceled the evening performance of L’Italiana in Algeri while the authorities investigated the incident.

Later, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the powder was formed of human ashes and did not present any danger. The man, who laid some companion to rest at the Met has been identified.

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