Collapsing Set Halts Performance
Jun. 22, 2002
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PARIS (AP) _ A performance at the Paris Opera brought the house down. Or at least part of the set.
About 45 minutes into Saturday's performance of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's ``Rusalka,'' a scream was heard from the wings as a wooden wall on stage came crashing down. American soprano Renee Fleming and another cast member stood silently for a few moments and then walked off stage.
Opera house organizers declared an intermission. The performance resumed half an hour later, with no injuries and no visible damage to the set at the Bastille opera house.