Deutsche Oper am Rhein abandon controversial production on “medical grounds”.
Burkhard C Kosminski’s production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser that generated a furore of criticism for its use of Nazi imagery has been officially cancelled. The cast will perform a concert version on the remaining dates.
In a statement the Deutsche Oper am Rhein said that although they knew that the production would be “controversial” they did not expect the extreme reactions that followed the opening night performance. Some patrons have apparently sought medical treatment for “psychological and physical stress”.
Kosminski was first asked if he would allow alterations to tone down the production but it seems that the director refused on artistic grounds.