Metropolitan Opera Stagehand Joseph Ancona Killed in Tragic Subway Accident

By Francisco Salazar

Metropolitan Opera Stagehand Joseph Ancona has been killed by a subway train.

The 20-year-old stagehand and electrician, who worked at the Metropolitan Opera, was caught in the doors of the final carriage of the New York City Subway ‘1 train’ before 5 p.m. on Oct. 24.

According to Classical FM, “it was from this position, that Joseph fell onto the tracks of the Columbus Circle station, where he was killed by the departing train.”

In a statement, the President of NYC Transit, Richard Davey, said, “While the investigation is in its earliest stages, it appears this was a terrible accident that did not involve criminal activity. A person on the tracks was hit by a train and our thoughts are with his family, the train operator, and riders who witnessed this tragedy. We will get to the cause and learn any lessons that may emerge as there is no higher priority than safety.”

The Metropolitan Opera released also released a statement noting, “Joe was respected and well-liked by his fellow crew members and the Metropolitan Opera offers our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Ancona started working with the Met in March and worked in the world-famous opera house’s electric construction shop.

A Gofundme account has been created and over $11,000 has already been raised. The funds will be used for Ancona’s service and generously accepted through his memory.

In a statement, Ancona’s family noted “Joseph Ancona was a beloved 20-year-old from Westwood, New Jersey. He was working as an electrician and stagehand in New York City. He passed away on October 24th in a tragic accident in New York City. Joe was loved by so many, and we want him to continue being remembered as the amazing man he was. We thank everybody for their prayers and condolences and thank you for thinking of our family in this difficult time.”