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Berlin - Nazi-Themed Opera Creates Scandal In Germany

Published on: May 7, 2013 09:38 AM
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The photo provided by Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, western Germany, shows Markus Eiche, left, as Wolfram and Thorsten Gruembel as Landgraf performing in front of the choir in a scene of the the opera 'Tannhaeuser' during the dress rehearsal on April 30, 2013. The modern production of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhauser has caused a stir in Germany because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and a family getting their heads shaved and executed. A spokeswoman for the Duesseldorf opera house said Tuesday that members of the audience “booed and were shocked” by Saturday’s, May 3, 2013 opening performance. (AP Photo/Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Hans Joerg Michel) The photo provided by Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, western Germany, shows Markus Eiche, left, as Wolfram and Thorsten Gruembel as Landgraf performing in front of the choir in a scene of the the opera 'Tannhaeuser' during the dress rehearsal on April 30, 2013. The modern production of Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhauser has caused a stir in Germany because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and a family getting their heads shaved and executed. A spokeswoman for the Duesseldorf opera house said Tuesday that members of the audience “booed and were shocked” by Saturday’s, May 3, 2013 opening performance. (AP Photo/Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Hans Joerg Michel)

Berlin - A modern production of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” has caused a stir in Germany because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and a family having their heads shaved and executed.

A spokeswoman for the Dusseldorf opera house said Tuesday that members of the audience “booed and were shocked” by Saturday’s opening performance.

Monika Doll said the company of Deutsche Oper am Rhein is debating whether to tone down the provocative parts, added to the original by director Burkhard Kosminski.

The head of the city’s Jewish community, Michael Szentei-Heise, criticized the show as “tasteless.”

Adolf Hitler was a fan of Wagner, who died in 1883. Wagner was an ardent anti-Semite and his music is still widely considered taboo in Israel.


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 May 07, 2013 at 01:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Right on Germany. Let it all out huh? The world will be overjoyed to see more Nazi garbage and a mocking rendition of the holocaust for a tasteless Wagner Salute.

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 May 07, 2013 at 04:26 PM Liepa Says:

Notice: To all anti-semites around the globe whatever hole you may be hiding in, just a not of a caution, we Jews, People of the Book, descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob have been around far longer than any one of you and yours and have survived, by the will of the ONE ABOVE insurmountable obstacles and then some and will outlive far beyond you and yours.
Just a bit of advice, don't waste your time!

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