Princess Theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria
Princess Theatre, in Melbourne, Victoria
In March 1888, baritone "Frederick Federici" (real name Frederick Baker) was playing Mephistopheles in Gounod's opera Faust. At the end of the opera, Mephistopheles sank dramatically through a trapdoor in the stage, to portray returning to fiery hell with his prize, Dr Faustus. While Federici was being lowered through the trap door, he suffered a heart attack, dying almost immediately. Although he never returned to the stage, cast members of the production all reported seeing him on stage, taking his bows with the rest of the cast. Many theatregoers and workers have reported seeing Frederick's ghost, and sightings are considered a good omen.
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