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Was Opera Company Right To Cancel Controversial Tannhauser?

May 14, 2013

"To some commentators, the Dusseldorf Tannhauser was a stretch: the opera is set in the Middle Ages and based on a ballad about a bard called Tannhäuser. Yet the intention of the director, Burkhard Kosminski, had a logic that many could understand. In the month of Wagner's bicentennial, he wanted to link the opera to the Holocaust - an event which the composer's own ardent anti-Semitism seemed to presage." WQXR 05/13/13

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