Wanted: 200 Australian asses

Wanted: 200 Australian asses


norman lebrecht

September 26, 2018

Opera Queensland is advertising for 200 women to appear naked in the finale of Don Giovanni.

Director Lindy Hume says she wants to end the opera differently in the #MeToo era.

If you’re interested, apply here. No singing required.

The director will be clothed.



  • Anon says:

    What utter, utter stupidity. Not to mention irredeemable vulgar. Nothing to do with Mozart either.

  • Patrick says:

    Well, Don Giovanni is a cautionary tail…..

    Better than the pile of manure I saw at Glyndebourne several years ago.

  • Dominic Stafford says:

    What better way to end the objectification of women than to have them undo all the good Donna Anna and Donna Elvira do during the opera and appear naked en masse on stage [repeatedly smashes face into palm]…

    • Ms.Melody says:

      How about this for a new ending: Leporello, Zerlina and Masetto are awarded joint ownership of Don’s estate and Don Giovanni gets a job as a male soprano?

  • RW2013 says:

    The pinnacle of Antipodean Mozart interpretation.
    I hope that Miss Hume will take part on stage so that we can all ogle her hashtag.
    This might be something for “Sue” to take part in…

  • Escamillo says:

    Anything for publicity and a few more ticket sales. Why not Donna Giovanna as well?

  • John Rook says:

    How terribly ‘relevant’…

  • CYM says:

    Only at the end of the opera ? Why not also during the internudes …?

  • Caravaggio says:

    What the hell. Might as well since there are no good singers left.

  • BillG says:

    “No worries mate, she’ll be right.”

    • RW2013 says:

      yer recken Bill?
      Under s 9 of Queensland’s Summary Offences Act, a person must not wilfully expose his or her genitals in a public place without a reasonable excuse. … However, unlike Queensland, a person found guilty of wilfully exposing their genitals in public can face jail time in both States.

      • BillG says:

        1) Buttocks aren’t genitalia.
        2) I note that a defense against the charge is “. . . without a reasonable excuse. . . ” What better excuse is doing it for art?

        • RW2013 says:

          1) Buttocks aren’t genitalia.

          Bill mate – it’s a bit ‘ard te run around the stage in the nuddy without showin’ yer front botty.

  • The View from America says:

    Strip the director, too — that’s what I say. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the … other goose.

    Add in a few gooses on the *ss, and the picture should be complete.

    Oh and by the way, there’ll be some Mozart playing in the background.