A self-consciously outrageous September 11th staging of Verdi’s ‘A Masked Ball’ has been dreamed up by Austrian director Johann Kresnik (another name to add to the ever-growing list of directors to be avoided at all costs). He has described the concoction as ‘a populist critique of modern American society, aimed at showing up the disparities between rich and poor’. The production features naked pensioners and Mickey Mouse masks, Hitler salutes and Elvis impersonators, and has just opened in Erfurt. Let’s not go there!
If you really, really must, you can feast your eyes on this (over-large) photo gallery of images from the production. Be warned: It isn’t a pleasant experience.