The Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater is not going to cancel the production, in which the prosecutor's office saw “an insult to religious feelings”.
The staging of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” is already included in the repertoire of the theater, and the theater intends to fight to ensure that it is not removed from the show. “We intend to uphold our professional position and artistic policy within the framework of the current legislation of the Russian Federation,” said the press service of the theater, noting more than 3.5 thousand spectators have already visited the performance. In addition, he received positive feedback from critics.
On February 24, the Novosibirsk Prosecutor’s Office opened a case on “intentional public desecration of religious symbols”. The figure of the investigation was the director Timofey Kulyabin. The case was filed after the appeal of the head of the Novosibirsk Metropolis Tikhon.

Frame from the opera “Tannhäuser” interpreted by Timofey KulyabinFrame from the opera “Tannhäuser” interpreted by Timofey Kulyabin
The editors of uznayvse.ru want to note that Kulyabin moved the action of “Tannhäuser” into modern times, and the protagonist of the opera became a film director who shot a film about the early years of Jesus Christ, which he spends in the grotto of the goddess Venus, imparting carnal pleasures.

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