Tuesday, December 19, 2006

German Opera "Idomeneo" goes off without a hitch.

Culture:The opera looked to have sucked, but that wasn't the main point in having it staged.

BERLIN, Dec. 18 -- Just before the curtain dropped on an otherwise uneventful opera, the grisly scene that everyone came to see finally transpired. The King of Crete pulled the severed head of the prophet Muhammad out of a sack and triumphantly placed it on a wooden chair, next to three decapitated deities. A few loud shouts of "Jawohl!" or "That's right!" erupted from the audience, along with some scattered jeering, as the long-delayed production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" came to a conclusion. Dozens of security men wearing earpieces scanned the crowd for trouble. But much to the relief of the anxious German authorities, no physical violence or terrorist threats were reported. Nor did any organized protests occur outside.

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