Man Arrested at Wiener Staatsoper After Disrupting Performance

By Francisco Salazar

A 55-year-old was arrested at the Wiener Staatsoper prior to a performance of “La Traviata” on Oct. 29.

The Kurier is reporting that prior to the showcase, a man hurled verbal abuse at other operagoers and then proceeded to be disruptive throughout the evening.

The audience member in question was a German national and was arrested by police who arrived 30 minutes after the incident. The man was physically removed from the premises and banned from entering the Wiener Staatsoper (the report did not indicate if the ban was temporary or permanent). In addition, the police reported the man for dangerous threats under Section 107 of the Criminal Code.

The Wiener Staatsoper’s next performance of “La Traviata” will be held on Oct. 31. The opera stars Kristina Mkhitaryan, Dmytro Popov, and Amartuvshin Enkhbat.