Even in an age of political correctness and mind control, this ban takes the breath away.
A planned production of Bizet’s Carmen at the State Opera of West Australia has been pulled by the management because it conflicts with a two-year $400,000 partnership with the State Government health promotion agency, Healthway. Carmen is set around a cigarette factory.
Carolyn Chard, West Australian Opera general manager said the decision was “not difficult”.
She added: ‘“We care about the health and wellbeing of our staff, stage performers and all the opera lovers throughout WA, which means promoting health messages and not portraying any activities that could be seen to promote unhealthy behaviour.”
What next – a soft-drinks Meistersinger? Condoms in Lulu?