Members of the Semper Oper who staged a demonstration against the anti-immigrant Pegida movement say they were assaulted and spat upon by rightwing sympathisers.
Artists gathered on the opera house steps to sing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in a festive, non-confrontational atmosphere but they could not ignore hostile reactions.
The Semper Oper has taken a strong public stand against xenophobia.
The Staatskapelle’s music director, Christian Thielemann, was not apparently present.
Full report here (auf Deutsch).