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Curtains Down is the third mission of Hitman: Blood Money. Agent 47 is assigned to kill the eminent opera actor, Alvaro D'Alvade and an American ambassador, Richard Delahunt.

Mission information

Briefing

Hello 47. We've got some business at the Paris Opera. There are two targets: The famous tenor, and Richard Delahunt, the American Ambassador to the Vatican.

Hitman Curtains Down 01

Agent 47 observes Alvaro on stage.

Our client claims they're behind a prostitution ring trafficking in boys and girls from Eastern Europe. Tosca is still in rehearsal, so there's plenty of activity at the opera-house and you shouldn't be too conspicuous. Ambassador Delahunt watches most rehearsals from his box. He travels with an armed escort, but there shouldn't be any other security to speak of. You'll get some cover from the construction crew renovating the theater for the new season. We've also left you a pick-up at the cloak room. In the third act of Tosca, the tenor faces a firing squad.

That scene may provide a useful opportunity. It's a straightforward assignment, 47, but the Agency's been having some problems in Paris. Use extreme caution.

Intel

  • The contents of the toolboxes will not be searched when you are frisked.
  • There is a lift shaft from the backstage area to the stage. It is closely observed and only actors are permitted.
  • Lead actors go to their private rooms to rehearse during breaks.
  • The large chandelier is attached with bolts to the floor of the attic.
  • Only actors are allowed on stage.
  • The light technicians have key-cards to the light control room.
  • There is a light rack above the stage that might prove useful.
  • The prop gun used for the execution in the opera is an exact replica of a real World War I pistol.

Objectives

  1. Kill Alvaro D'Alvade.
  2. Kill Richard Delahunt.
  3. Escape the opera.

Weapons

  • Firearms
    • SLP .40 - On security guards and in weapon stashes.
    • MP5 - On Delahunt's bodyguards and in weapon stash on the third floor.
    • Real WWI Pistol - Obtained from the receptionist.
    • Prop WWI Pistol - In the actor's room when he's not using it during rehearsals.
    • Nailer - On workers in the basement under the stage.
  • Melee Weapons
    • Hammer - On some workers.
    • Screwdriver - On worker near where the Light Control Room Keycard is obtained.

Disguises

  • Guard
    • Gives access to most of the map. Can carry SLP. 40 pistol visibly without suspicion.
  • Blue Construction Worker
  • White Construction Worker
  • Green Construction Worker
    • The above three are functionally identical. Easy to obtain and gives access to all areas except the stage and Delahunt's private box. Can carry Nailer and Hammer visibly without suspicion.
  • Bodyguard
    • Difficult to obtain, but gives access to most of the map, excluding the stage. Can carry MP5 visibly without suspicion.
  • Actor
    • Difficult to obtain, but gives access to most of the map, including the stage. Be wary of taking this, as the play needs all actors present before it will start. Can carry Prop Rifle visibly without suspicion.
  • Executioner
    • Gives access to most of the map, including the stage. Can be used to shoot d'Alvade with the real WWI Pistol. Can carry Real WWI Pistol and Prop WWI Pistol without suspicion.

Outcome

Agent 47 assassinated both of his targets, Richard Delahunt and Alvaro D'Alvade. However, when he left the opera house, 47 was followed - and later shot - by a police officer. This event is elaborated on in Hitman: Contracts, where it can be assumed that the officer was Albert Fournier. See Hunter and Hunted for details.

Easter Egg

An interesting Easter egg exists in this level. If you explore the Backstage area, on 3rd floor, you will find a door that requires a keycard to open, but this keycard is nowhere to be found. The way to gain access to this room is to get to the 1st floor of the backstage area, head for the door with the emergency exit icon next to it. In the room with some garbage bags, there are 3 rats, kill them all and a keycard named "Keycard RatClub" will appear at the table. Head back to the door on the third floor, and open it with the RatClub keycard. There will be rats boxing and playing poker behind the bars.

Trivia

  • Curtains Down refers to the ending of a stage play, where the curtains close. Figuratively, it can also mean the end of something.
  • The falling chandelier is a reference to a famous scene from the novel The Phantom of the Opera, which takes place in the same opera house.
    • Another reference is the Phantom's signature half-mask hidden in the opera's basement
  • The radio on this level reports - in French - that the vice-president of the United States has been assassinated, similar news can be heard in future missions.
  • Shooting Alvaro with an unsuppressed weapon during the execution scene is no different from firing a suppressed one; this may be because the musical crescendo is obscuring the weapon sound, and also the developers balanced the game because 47 may not have enough fund to purchase silencer/low velocity ammo for the W2000 at this point of the game.
  • The rehearsal will repeat until one of your targets is killed or the area is on full alert. There is about 10 minutes between each rehearsal, the executing part will be performed twice between each rehearsal.
    • The rehearsal will not begin if Alvaro or the executioner is not ready, this include 47 attacked either of them, or just simply took away the Prop WWI pistol. The executioner will go to the receptionist when this happens. So 47 will have time to sabotage the pistol by putting down the real one.
    • If the area is on full alert or you killed the receptionist, you cannot retrieve the Real WWI Pistol.
  • In the mission end cutscene, a police officer gets ready to shoot 47. The events after this mission play out in Hitman: Contracts. The next Blood Money level, Flatline, takes place immediately after the events of Contracts and 47's recovery.
  • This mission takes place on St. Patrick's Day.
  • This is the only mission in Blood Money that takes place in Europe; it is also one of only two to take place outside the USA, the other being A Vintage Year.
  • Assassination of Alvaro D'Alvade during the execution scene in Tosca is a reference to Polish/Russian movie Déjà vu. Movie protagonists assassinates the lead actor with a sniper rifle just as the firing squad takes their shot. Though 47 can finish the mission in other ways, this option is one of available courses of action.[1]

See also

Video

Silent Assassin-017:40

Silent Assassin-0

Curtain Down - Professional / Silent Assasin

Hitman Blood Money - Curtains Down11:46

Hitman Blood Money - Curtains Down

Alvaro D'Alvade singing03:16

Alvaro D'Alvade singing

References

  1. Assassination scene in the movie (from 10:02 to 11:30)
Missions in Hitman: Blood Money
Training Hideout - Death of a Showman
Chile A Vintage Year
Paris Curtains Down
USA Flatline - A New Life - The Murder of Crows - You Better Watch Out... - Death on the Mississippi - Till Death Do Us Part - A House of Cards - A Dance with the Devil
Epilogue Amendment XXV - Requiem

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