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The Police are back with Mozart

Posted at 7:31 AM on December 18, 2006 by John Zech
Filed under: The blog

Not the band, the Police, but the Polizei (are they a band?) in Berlin will be out in force tonight at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as the controversial production of Mozart's Idomeneo goes back on stage after being cancelled in September. This is the production in which a decapitated head of Muhammed (with heads of Jesus and Buddha and Neptune) is brought on the stage by King Idomeneo. The Muslim community protested at the time that this was disrespectful.

You'd think all of this hooplah would make people want to see the show, but the controversy is having the opposite effect according to a story published in The Berlin Paper today.