Wagner Controversy Opera Cancels Holocaust Staging of 'Tannhäuser'

A staging of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" -- set during the Holocaust and including a gas chamber and a shooting scene -- shocked audience members so badly that some had to be given medical attention. The theater has now cancelled the production out of fear it will damage its artistic reputation.
The controversial staging of Wagner's "Tannhäuser" in Düsseldorf has been described as "tasteless" by a Jewish community leader.

The controversial staging of Wagner's "Tannhäuser" in Düsseldorf has been described as "tasteless" by a Jewish community leader.

Foto: Hans Joerg Michel/ dpa
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