Man Arrested at Wiener Staatsoper Sentenced to Prison

By Francisco Salazar

The 55-year-old man who was arrested at the Wiener Staatsoper back in October has been sentenced to four months in prison on parole.

The man, whose name is Martin M. is a Bavarian doctor and a former head of gastroenterology at the Helios Frankenwaldklinik in Kronach, was also banned from the Wiener Staatsoper for life. 

The incident occurred on Oct. 29 during a performance of “La Traviata.” According to audience members who testified in court, Martin pulled out his mobile phone, filmed, and disturbed the audience. When he was told to stop filming he became threatening. 

Martin M. was then asked to leave by three employees of the Staatsoper but he refused. The police were then called and the opera was halted. Four officials finally carried the doctor out of the hall – to thunderous applause from the audience.

The “La Traviata” during that run starred Kristina Mkhitaryan, Dmytro Popov, and Amartuvshin Enkhbat.