The Turkish tenor Mert Sungu has walked out of Bologna’s upcoming production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
He accused the director Martin Kusej of causing a ‘blemish to the dignity of a nation’, and misleading the audience’s ‘understanding of geo-political causes of our biggest problem today: TERRORISM.’
Bologna has made no comment on his departure, which was announced on social media a matter of hours before the New Year’s Day attack on an Istanbul nightclub.
Sungu, 31 and from Istanbul, works mostly in Italian opera houses.
Italian media have failed to report his action.