The Berlin-based tenor Arnold Bezuyen was in rehearsal at Israel Opera when a bomb went off on a bus nearby today.
Friends of his have shared with us what he posted on his Facebook page:
… and then it happened. Today a bus was the target of an terror-attack. The bomb exploded nearby the opera-house. At least 10 people were injured. Although the situation is critic, the opera-house people fight in their own way against this terrorism. Music!!! The federal foreign office, advised to be careful but they don`t advise you to leave Israel.
Today, even the Israel people were quite shocked. But as it is, after about 10 Minutes, life did go on. “ladies and gentleman, we go on with the orchestra rehearsal, Mister Bezuyen on stage please”. It was the first time I couldn`t do it.
But, after a half hour even I was back on stage again.
It is hard to tell, hard to explain back home to my girl, to my girls, to my family to friends how it works here, how the deal with the whole situation. We worked so hard on the Wozzeck and Monday Deo Volente is the premiere, (by the way, I am initially not waiting for pitifulness and I do hope this will end very very soon, I just try to explain what is going on. The way I am doing it, writing it from my chest, is just helping me to get along with it, and your reactions are a big help…