After my post regarding Idomeneo yesterday, I received an email from a visitor who prefers to remain anonymous,
I live in Germany, and I thought you might like a few more details on the opera mess. There was a fairly new opera director who asked the Berlin police security
folks about a letter she had received about possible dangers in the provocative production. The police left her alone with the decision–no offers to investigate
further or to provide more security. In fact, the police response probably made her less secure. The politicians were really quick in defending free artistic expression.
I certainly oppose any censorship, but the arts establishment here also deserves criticism. They are quick to damn works that deem sentimental or are in any way positive, and they praise the most clicheed religion-critical and sex-filled productions. As one satirist mentioned this week, stage works seem aimed
at having half the audience walk out and having church members ask their bishops to write protest letters.
I don’t go to the theater here because from the newspaper reviews I read, most productions (ven ones getting positive reviews) sound totally banal and
vulgar. It’s a little like being shocked by a five year old saying shit. I get much more intellectual stimulation by reading good blogs like yours. I am amazed that people don’t cancel theater subscriptions, but I guess they are afraid of being called prude.
prude is one of the epithets thrown at Americans all the time.)
Here in the USA since opera is not as heavily tax-subsidized as in the EU, at least the companies have to respond to the audiences’ taste.
A surprising reaction to a call for jihad
In a lighter mode,
One crime I’d never ever comit, one pet I’d never have: Family robbed of valuable snakes.