Watch: Conductor mimes stabbing himself during an agonising performance of Der Rosenkavalier

6 July 2018, 15:09

And you thought you were having a bad day at work...

During a pretty substandard performance of Der Rosenkavalier, (what is supposed to be) a comic opera composed by Richard Strauss, at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1994, conductor Carlos Kleiber decided he had had enough.

They had undoubtedly been rehearsing for weeks, even months, and it had come to this. Regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, he face-palms, leans and stabs his way out of his misery, all while conducting to perfection.

You can't help but laugh.

This video was discovered by Andrès Soto, a composer from Costa Rica currently living in New York. You can find more obscure and humorous videos on his Facebook page.