Closely armed police stand exterior the Vienna State Opera after pictures had been fired within the metropolis middle on Monday night time. Michael Gruber/Getty Photographs

When the safety of the world-famous Vienna State Opera informed its employees that pictures had been fired within the metropolis middle and that folks weren’t allowed to go away the constructing, the efficiency of Pagliacci’s Cavalleria Rusticana stored going.

“We determined to not cease the efficiency … it was our final efficiency earlier than the corona-lockdown,” a spokeswoman for the opera home informed MeSlop by way of e mail. 

The director went on stage and informed the viewers what had occurred and that safety forces wouldn’t permit individuals to go away the opera. 

“The viewers was very calm, no person panicked,” the spokeswoman mentioned, including that “after about an hour, a number of musicians performed the string quartet to entertain the viewers that was nonetheless within the corridor.” 

“The quartet was not organized. They performed it very spontaneously, there weren’t many individuals within the corridor. They performed a quartet by Joseph Haydn, one of many biggest composers of our nation.”

Barbara Lovett was amongst those that witnessed the second and posted a video on Twitter. “Police stored us secure contained in the Vienna State Opera after tonight’s efficiency. Whereas we waited, members of the Vienna Philharmonic began to play. No attack will ever cease the music in Vienna,” she tweeted.