A vandal attacked the Metropolitan Opera early Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of spray-painted vulgarities inside the house and near the Damrosch Park Bandshell.
The musical miscreant entered the building between 7:15 and 8 am, according to the NYPD, and defaced several works of art including paintings in the lobby and sculptures near the Bandshell.
A Met spokesman, however, said the vandalism was confined to the building's administrative offices, adding that the company has no further comment at this time.
The graffiti attack comes at a sensitive time for the opera house. Last week it announced that it was cancelling its HD and radio broadcasts of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, drawing widespread criticism. It is also in the midst of contentious contract talks with its unions. But at least one union leader expressed doubts that it was connected to negotiations.
"I don't believe any unionized employee could be so crazy," said Alan Gordon, the executive director of the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents the chorus, singers and producers. "It sounds more like some personal thing."
According to the Daily News, investigators apparently believe the defacing may have been committed by a disgruntled worker who had access to the building. Police are still investigating the incident.