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Mozart muffled by anxious musicians

Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict

Submitted by Eileen (United States), Sep 26, 2006 at 23:02

The violence unleashed in response to these incidents are having the desired effects. In two separate news accounts today, I heard that the director of an opera house in Berlin decided not to stage a production of an opera by Mozart because it contains a scene where a character takes the heads of Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed out of a bag. The opera was controversial in its own time also, but I doubt anyone was killed over it. But because of the perceived danger to artists and patrons, the The Marriage of Figaro was substituted for it.

I can understand the decision, but we're doing the enemy's job for him. I think the apathy shown by the West is a response to being in a double-bind. We have no good response, so we don't respond at all.


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