I have seen a letter from Hannah Munitz, director of Israel Opera, confirming that she has terminated Graham Vick’s contract for a forthcoming production of Lucia di Lammer moor in Tel Aviv, after the furore over his Mose in Egitto at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.
Vick represented the Jewish slaves as Palestinians and Moses as a Bin Laden-type demagogue, sparking protests during the first performance and outrage at what some perceived as an anti-semitic slur. Vick has declined several invitations to explain his production and the motives behind it.
That said, I am not sure it was wise of Israel Opera to bow to donor pressure and sack him. Far better to have worked with him in Israel and tried to work on his flawed perceptions. There are no winners in this outcome, only losers.
In her letter to a supporter, Munitz wrote: ‘the director has received from us a letter of cancellation a day after the report on the event took place. We are busy in finding a director and a production to replace the current one. We agree with your opinion and we have acted accordingly.’