German Opera Shelved Due to Religious Content

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One of the leading opera houses in Germany has cancelled a production because a scene that might offend Muslims could create a security threat.

The production of the opera Idomeneo features a scene in which a character presents the severed heads of religious leaders — including Jesus, the Buddha and Muhammad.

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin said police had warned that staging the production could pose a security risk to the opera house, its employees and patrons.



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