14 October 2008

Michael von zur Mühlen’s Holländer creates chaos



James Johnson, the wonderful Wotan in the recently released Copenhagen Ring, has refused to continue singing in the new Leipzig Holländer that premiered on Saturday. Johnson was not comfortable with director Michael von zur Mühlen’s concept, that included a stripper and several violent video sequences (that was introduced after the dress rehearsal, the opera house not being aware of it). The performance on Wednesday is cancelled, and the whole production may be withdrawn from the programme for good.

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