Israel Opera is urged to sack British director

Israel Opera is urged to sack British director


norman lebrecht

August 25, 2011

Supporters of Israel Opera have written to its director Hanna Munitz asking her to sack Graham Vick from its production of Lucia di Lammermoor next year. Vick drew accusations of anti-Israel and anti-semitic bias for his production of Mose in Egitto at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, where the Egyptian slave-drivers were depicted as gun-toting Jews and the suffering Jews as Palestinians.

I have also seen a protest letter that has been sent to the Italian president and prime minister. Graham Vick has maintained radio silence,


  • Marcus Davison says:

    Echoes of the spoof El Al ad published by Private Eye after the 1967 Six Day War? (‘Come to Israel – and see the Pyramids!’). I’d like to see Vick’s take on Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’. . . .

  • Doug says:

    Well, if Palestinians are now the ‘chosen people’ I’d like to see who the Islamic Jesus will be.