Sofia Opera Forced to Evacuate

Sofia Opera and Ballet

The Sofia Opera and Ballet were evacuated on Saturday, due to a powerful smell.

During the March 18 performance of Borodin’s “Prince Igor,” a powerful smell started to pour through the theater that was described as suffocating.

A total of 650 people, including cast and audience, were ordered to leave the building and no one was injured. The Interior Ministry said that that the source of the smell was being investigated but no cause was confirmed.

The Bulgarian company said that the interrupted performance would be repeated and tickets for the March 18 performance would be valid for the repeat.

This the second incident in a week in Sofia. Las week, the Sofia shopping center Halite was evacuated due to a strong smell, which an official statement later said was traced to cleaning fluids in the ablution block.

It is also the second incident where a performance has had to be canceled in an opera theater this season. Back in October, a performance of L’Italiana in Algeri” was canceled at the Metropolitan Opera when an audience member threw ashes into the orchestra pit during a performance of “Guillame Tell.”

The Sofia Opera continues its season this week as planned with “Prince Igor” and “L’Italiana in Algeri.”

About the Author

Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

2 Comments on "Sofia Opera Forced to Evacuate"

  1. Donald Levine | March 20, 2017 at 11:42 am | Reply

    At the Met it was Guillaume Tell. I was there.

  2. Donald Levine | March 21, 2017 at 12:39 am | Reply

    We are actually both right. The Tell was stopped before the last act and we were sent home. That evenings performance of L’Italiana was cancelled totally.

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