Met Opera interrupted by Extinction Rebellion climate change protest: Audience ... trends now
Extinction Rebellion protesters interrupted the Met Opera on Thursday night, forcing the curtain to be brought down mid-performance and then interrupting once more when the show resumed.
The climate change activists targeted the opening night of Richard Wagner's medieval drama, Tannhäuser.
They posted a video of a man standing up in a box to the right of the stage, yelling: 'Wake up! The spring is polluted, the spring it tainted! The spring is poisoned! This is a climate emergency!'
The crowd began booing, but the man continued yelling.
'Wake up! This is a climate crisis! There will be no opera on a dead planet!'
A man is seen standing to yell and interrupt Thursday night's Met Opera performance
The protester unfurled a banner, which read 'No opera on a dead' - the word 'planet' failing to unfold
He then unfurled a long black banner, which cascaded down the boxes of the hall, proclaiming: 'No opera on a dead planet.'
Met officials were forced to bring down the curtain halfway through the second act, at around 9:30 pm.
The demonstrators were booed and heckled then escorted out, and after eight minutes the curtain raised again to cheers.
But then a second woman in the orchestra section of the audience then stood up and began to shout, forcing the curtains to close again.
Security officials removed the woman, as the audience shouted at her: 'Go away!' 'Go home!' and 'Shut up!'
The Met Opera celebrated the show on X hours before the premiere, writing: 'It's finally time for Tannhäuser at the Met. Wagner's medieval drama returns to the Met stage tonight, November 30, starring baritone Christian Gerhaher in his Met debut