Burkhard C. Kosminski has been talking to Der Spiegel about the terrible insult he suffered at Düsseldorf when the opera management asked him to tone down his Tannhäuser production. Kosminski loaded the show with SS men, gas chambers and other irrelevant references to the Nazi era. The audience rose in uproar, some required medical attention, many more cancelled their tickets. When the director refused to back down, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein scrapped the production and staged the rest of the run in concert performance.
Kosminski (below) tells Spiegel: ‘My production did not mock victims, as they complain. The concept of the production had been previously discussed with the opera house…. This is censorship of art. That’s the real scandal here!’
These quotes were taken from the German. Here’s the full interview in English.