An extraordinary story from Ashdod in Israel, where the Andalusian Orchestra has cancelled a soloist, Francoise Atlan (below), under pressure from Orthodox religious groups, who refuse to listen to the female voice.
According to rabbinic sources, the female singing voice is an erotic indulgence. Religious men are forbidden to listen.
The orchestra, which plays traditional sephardic music, will, in future, only offer a female singer as an alternate, non-subscription option.
Here’s the story in Haaretz.