Jihadists 1, Mozart 0
Deutsche Oper said it will scrap planned showings of Mozart’s Idomeneo because of warnings by Berlin security officials that a scene in the current production depicting the head of the Prophet Mohammed (along with the heads of Jesus and the Buddha) present an “incalculable security risk.” Actually, they said references to “world religions” but we know which one is the problem.
This is the kind of infuriating capitulation that can push otherwise rational people at least temporarily into the nuke ‘em back to the Stone Age camp.
But, we need to remember that Death of Klinghoffer and the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Silver Tassie suffered similar fates in this country in the wake of 9/11. As always, perspective depends upon whose ox is being gored.