Opera pulled after Nazi theme upsets audience
A Nazi-themed production of the Wagner opera 'Tannhaeuser', which featured scenes of gas chambers and the execution of a family, has been cancelled after audience members had to receive medical treatment for shock.
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein, a leading German opera house in Dusseldorf, said it could not justify artistic work with such an "extreme impact".
The opera house said it had asked the director to tone down scenes but he had refused.
The production was booed by audiences at Saturday's premiere, press reports said.
From yesterday, the opera would be performed solely as a piece of music, without the staging, the opera house said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)