May 4, 2009, - 3:37 pm

European Opera Now Live Sex Show: Another Reason Not to Be Like Europe

By Debbie Schlussel
Socialism, giant chunks of the country on welfare, rampant Muslim immigration and imposition upon rational society, showers once a week–these are just a few of the many reasons we don’t want or need to be like Europe, despite Hollywood and the American left’s ever-growing push to get us there, via Obama.
And now, here’s yet another reason to remain un-“European.” Their opera stage–once the setting of high culture and civilization–has evolved into low-rent, live sex shows that would make Larry Flynt blush.

Expressions of sexuality on the opera stage have reached a fever pitch in Europe, where radical interpretations of standard repertoire — so-called “director’s theater” — have become the norm.
Full frontal nudity, simulated sex and debauchery, often marinated in violence, are omnipresent. Notorious Spanish director Calixto Bieito’s current production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Armida” in Berlin includes rape, exposed male genitalia and what one blogger calls lipstick lesbianism. Bieito’s version of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” included masturbation, rape, urine drinking and cutting the nipples off a prostitute.

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Less Europe is More

And you know who thinks we Americans are too “unclassy” and “uncultured” to appreciate this display of “civilization” and “high culture”? Tax-funded Michigan Oprea Theatre general director David DiChiera. He thinks we need to be more like Europe.

DiChiera bemoans American reluctance to accept nontraditional staging, and a culture that accepts sex in films, TV and commercials but turns puritanical when it comes to the opera house. . . .
MOT productions have included nudity when DiChiera felt the decision was validated by the text. When Maria Ewing sang Salome, she didn’t even sport a G-string when she stripped off her seven veils. (The lights instantly went dark.) “Dead Man Walking” opened with naked lovers nuzzling before their murder.
Directors pushed the envelope in “Don Giovanni” and “Rigoletto” with mildly pantomimed sexual activities, though the evocation of oral sex in the latter prompted a sensationalized local TV news report and MOT nixed the deed from the remaining performances.

Hmmm . . . and the difference between this and what we here in Detroit refer to as “the Windsor ballet” (completely nude strip clubs)?
High culture, my friends. High culture. It’s “opera.” Yes, that’s what they’re calling it these days in Europe . . . and Detroit.
You stay classy, Europe.

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9 Responses

Thanks so much, not just for the opinion, but for the information, which I hadn’t come across anywhere else. As a Michigan taxpayer I want to know about this tripe.
BTW, Debbie, been hearing from you through different outlets for years. Always appreciate your information and opinions.

DP on May 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm

It is quite crushing to see this. Opera shouldn’t be the place for this purient activity.
They should save it for Crazy Horse or sumping.

Underzog on May 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Carmen Does Dallas?
European opera companies have been butchering Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and others with their bizarre productions for a long time now. I thought it was bad when they set a classic opera on the starhip Enterprise, now it seems they’ve gone full porn.
Let’s face it, most opera singers are not people you want to see naked. It’s a good guess the talent is being chosen on physical appearance instead of vocal abilities these days. Pity.

Tempus Fugit on May 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Traditional opera is over-the-top as it is without resorting to the prurient. The music brings one to tears while the staging is either glorious eye candy or soul numbing minimalist. While the artistic left continually raises the bar to out-hip each other, they’re dragging western culture into the swine effluent lagoons.

iowavette on May 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

For added emphasis, the Free Press ran an embarrassingly sleazy photo of Kate Aldrich to accompany the article.

sonofsheldon on May 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Debbie: I appreciate your reporting on this. I don’t think any other nationally-known reporter or blogger is.
I have the feeling that the debauchery and the muslim occupation go hand-in-hand: Europe wants nothing to do with God’s moral standards, and so God is raising up the muslim army to judge Europe for this.
I believe that if Europe would turn away from her sins and seek after the God of the Bible, God would have mercy and would begin to give Europe some victory in the war against islamofacism.

PersonOfTheBook on May 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Porn doesn’t pretend to be high-brow, redeeming or virtuous. So why should we pretend the European version is more sophisticated? Its another reason not to become more like Europe and remain more like America. There is nothing wrong with being different. By the Left’s multi-cultural lights, we ought to celebrate it!

NormanF on May 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm

So let me get this straight, you Americans who live in the country that produces two thirds of all the world’s commercial pornography, and who invented lap-dancing, poll-dancing and strip clubs are now lecturing US on morality??
Where do you the nerve?
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“European opera companies have been butchering Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and others with their bizarre productions for a long time now.”
Remind me again, from which American States did those three composers originate?

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