Nazi-themed Wagner opera in Germany withdrawn

By REUTERS
May 9, 2013 20:53

BERLIN - A Nazi-themed staging of a Wagner opera in Germany that caused some members of the audience to become sick with its scenes of murder and a gas chamber has been withdrawn, the opera company said on its website.

After failing to get the director to agree to changes, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf said that the production of Tannhaeuser would be given for the rest of its run in a concert version only.

German director Burkhard C. Kosminski's interpretation of Tannhaeuser is set during the Holocaust and caused a scandal when it opened on Saturday, prompting some audience members to seek medical treatment, the opera house said in a posting this week on its website.

Management was aware before the premiere that the director's modern take on the opera rooted in German legends would cause controversy, it said.


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