Metropolitan Opera Identifies Heckler & Bans Him From Future Performances

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl / Met Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera has identified the heckler who interrupted a performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

According to Classic FM who received a statement from the Metropolitan Opera, “The Met has identified the rogue audience member, who quickly exited the theatre after his outburst, since he will not be allowed to attend future performances. There have been no other recent incidents of this nature.”

The news comes days after an audience member yelled “You have no technique” at Brenda Rae after she finished her aria “Großmächtige Prinzessin” during the March 17 performance of the R. Strauss opera.

Following the incident the company told the New York Observer, “Although opera singers are vocal athletes, they should not be subjected to the kind of heckling that sports spectators get away with in stadiums. Thankfully, this was an isolated incident. Most opera-goers are opera lovers who respect the extraordinary ability and talent of our artists.”