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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

That fat lady's not going to sing if the State Culture Committee has anything to say about it

By Aussiegirl
In Russia, on orders from the State Duma, the State Culture Committee has begun an investigation into an opera being staged at the Bolshoi Theater after a deputy complained that the opera was "pornographic". The opera is a new one which depicts the opera giants of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Wagner, Verdi and Mozart as being cloned by Russian scientists, and "reincarnated" thus in modern day Russia, falling on hard times after the fall of the Soviet Union. The Bolshoi has protested saying that the move is censorship and that any theater decides for itself what to stage.

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. . .United Russia Deputy Sergei Neverov complained after seeing a television report on the opera, "The Children of Rosenthal," the Moscow Times reported.

"It is not decent for the stage of the Bolshoi Theater," Neverov said.His complaint involves a scene featuring a ranting pimp.

The opera is to premier March 23.


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