The show almost didn't go on at the Royal Opera House tonight.
The safety main curtain jammed and the start of La sonnambula was delayed by 40 minutes while techies attempted to raise it. The audience were sent out while they fiddled around.
Eventually the problem was sorted out, but the delay meant that Lisa's second aria and the big quartet were cut. (Not to allow the audience to catch their trains, but to avoid paying the orchestra overtime it is rumoured....)
This isn't the first curtain cock-up either. Earlier this year, an entire general rehearsal was 'staged' in front of the unbudgeable safety curtain.
Time for new curtains?