‘Shut up!’ Ticked-off audience bites back when climate crazies interrupt Opera performance

A radical group of climate primadonnas ticked off opera fans at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City when they interrupted the opening night performance of Tannhäuser.

Members of the group Extinction Rebellion, NYC, jumped to their feet halfway through the second act and began screeching at the audience to “wake up” and end fossil fuels, because, as the black banner they unfurled read, there’s going to be “No opera on a dead planet.”

“Wake up! The stream is polluted! The stream is tainted! The stream is poison! This is a climate emergency! This is a climate emergency,” a man yelled from the balcony. “There will be no opera on a dead planet!”

The group — an offshoot of the UK’s far-left Extinction Rebellion XR, funded primarily by English hedge fund manager and billionaire philanthropist Christopher Hohn, according to Influence Watch — took to social media to claim responsibility for the 22-minute interruption.

According to Extinction Rebellion, NYC’s press release about the protest, “The disruption was timed to coincide with the main character’s declaration that ‘love is a spring to be drunk from,’ and highlighted the fact that, contrary to those words spoken on stage, springs are not pure now, because we are in a climate crisis, and our water is contaminated.”

It took security eight minutes to pull the protesters out of the iconic opera house’s balconies as angry audience members booed them, The New York Times reports.

Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, told the outlet that Met officials were forced to bring down the curtain at 9:30 p.m.

But the activists attempted an encore, stopping the performance a second time when another member began hollering, and, again, the curtains were closed.


Opera-goers can be heard demanding that the woman “Shut up!” and “Get out of here!”

“This isn’t the place!” one audience member yelled. “Go outside!” someone shouted. Another person can be seen grabbing the activist’s scarf.

“Mr. Gelb appeared onstage to inform the audience that the house lights would remain on so security could quickly identify and remove any additional protesters who might pop up during the rest of the four-and-half-hour performance,” according to The Times. “The production was scheduled to end shortly after 11 p.m. but will instead end closer to midnight because of the interruptions.”

George Chauncey, a history professor at Columbia University, was seated in the orchestra.

“Everyone was just so startled,” he told The Times. “We didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Some audience members feared for their safety, the professor said.

“Our highest priority was the safety and security of everyone on site,” the Met said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “The show continued with the lights at 25% to discourage any other protests.”

While many question the effectiveness of angering the very people you want to persuade, XR vowed to continue “disrupting.”

“We’re not going to stop disrupting, because nature is only getting started. The orange skies and the flooding in New York City this year are just the beginning,” spokesperson Jack Baldwin said in a statement.

“If XR doesn’t disrupt, the climate will. Violently,” added spokesperson Miles Grant. “Activists are disrupting peacefully. Nature will disrupt violently,”

Melissa Fine

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