Depending on who you speak with, the opera community has been shocked, amused, baffled and/or incensed this week by the actions of a mourning opera lover who scattered his friend’s ashes at the Met without permission or announcement, and prompted a shut-down of one performance and the cancellation of the next.
Read the New York Times’ latest account of the incident here.
Social media has been buzzing about the bizarre situation, but one opera star has taken a public stand on Facebook to defend the man’s character and intention. Rene Barbera has posted this heartfelt plea for compassion and understanding.
It’s an important reminder: we all make mistakes.