Mozart’s brothel opera goes topless for Turkey

Mozart’s brothel opera goes topless for Turkey


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2014

You may recall that Turkish opera and ballet imposed a strict cover-up dress code a few weeks back.

Here’s a rapid response from Opera Erfurt in Germany.

The scene looks like a protest at the country’s creeping islamisation, the more so when the director of this production is Professor Yekta Kara, artistic director at Istanbul state opera and ballet.

Good for her.

entfuhrung erfurt

The opera is, of course, Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Review here.


  • Neil McGowan says:

    “Brothel Opera”?????????????????????????????????

    The plot of Die Entführung concerns two shipwrecked European girls – the German Constanze, and her English friend Blonda – and their refusal to join Pasha Selim’s harem… despite some harassment from Selim’s henchman, Osmin. When the Pasha gets to hear about all this, Osmin is whipped, and the girls set free.

    No brothel. At any point.