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Paris attacks: Metropolitan Opera sings French national anthem as show of support

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New York’s Metropolitan Opera showed support for the people of Paris in the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks by singing the French national anthem at the beginning of its Saturday matinee performance.

Placido Domingo led the orchestra in “La Marseillaise” before the start of Puccini’s “Tosca.” According to The New York Times, inserts with the anthem’s lyrics were placed in the programs and audience members rose to their feet, some of them singing along, as the Met’s chorus, principal singers, and members of the company’s staff sang from the stage.  

“The Metropolitan Opera mourns the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks and will perform the French National Anthem as a show of our solidarity with the citizens of France at today’s matinee performance,” the inserts said.

Domingo had previously been scheduled to conduct Saturday’s matinee, the Times reports.

One audience member, Erik E. Larson, captured part of the performance on video and shared it via Twitter

https://twitter.com/unamplified/status/665600624755662848

 

The Metropolitan Opera’s choristers replied in a tweet thanking Larson for posting the video, adding, “It was very moving to be part of that solidarity, shared by everyone in the opera house.”