Lincoln Center Badgered by Bed Bugs

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bed bugs have developed a more refined taste. On Thursday they made their debut at the Metropolitan Opera House after an outbreak at Lincoln Center's adjacent David H. Koch Theater last week.

The Met searched for the pests throughout the building after being discovered in the theater's dressing room. “Building management took immediate action to address the isolated bed-bug incident that occurred in the backstage section of the building,” said a spokesman for Lincoln Center in an e-mail.

“The area was treated, rescreened and deemed all clear. As an extra precaution, building management has instituted ongoing monitoring throughout the building to ensure the continued protection of our performers, staff and guests.”

The Koch Theater is shared by the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera. According to the The New York Observer, the pests were found in only one room and the ballet was the last company to occupy the theater. The opera opens its season on October 27.

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Comments [5]

John Jamison from Steamboat Springs, CO

I have enjoyed WQXR AM a number of times when driving between Massachusetts and Virginia. What a treat to enjoy it on the Livio Radio I got from a contribution to NPR last year. Congratulations on joining NPR; and I plan to be a frequent listener and contributor.

You are a very special classical music station.

Oct. 23 2010 11:40 AM
gany from flushing, ny

With all the "flea" songs in opera is it any wonder?

Oct. 22 2010 04:25 PM

I predict many patrons will stay away for a while, unless, of course, New Yorkers have gotten used to the little critters.

Oct. 18 2010 10:09 AM
Michael Meltzer

Bedbugs are bloodsuckers, they would be more interested in real estate.

Oct. 15 2010 01:04 AM
paul cooper from new jersey

mabe the bedbugs are opera fans

Oct. 14 2010 07:33 PM

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