We are receiving reports that a violinist in the Bolshoi orchestra, Viktor Sedov, died yesterday in the theatre. It appears he fell through a trapdoor in the pit, crashing below into the technical area.
One source tells Slipped Disc that the trapdoor may have been left open by a cleaning lady when Mr Sedov arrived early to work.
Our sympathies to his family and colleagues.
UPDATE: Some more details coming in: The pit had been raised to the same level as the stage for ease of cleaning. The violinist, arriving early for work, stepped off the stage onto what he thought as the pit, only to fall through the open trap.
The Bolshoi’s new director, Vladimir Urin, met the victim’s family this morning.
Events of this nature are not uncommon in Russian theatres. Three months ago, the acting director of Perm Opera and Ballet, Olga Enns, died after a similar stage mishap.
2nd UPDATE here.