A nova e polémica produção da Lucia di Lammermoor de G Donizetti, da autoria de Katie Mitchell, na Royal Opera House de Londres motivou o envio de um aviso pelo Director da Royal Opera, Kasper Holten, a todos os que haviam comprado bilhetes. Transcrevo abaixo parte do texto:
The new and controversial production of Lucia di Lammermoor by G Donizetti, produced by Katie Mitchell at the Royal Opera House in London prompted the sending of a notice by the Director of the Royal Opera, Kasper Holten, to all those who had bought tickets. I quote below a part of the text:
From: "Royal Opera House" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Important information about The Royal Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Date: 14 Mar 2016 12:43:46 WET
I am writing to you as our records show you have booked tickets for The Royal Opera’s new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, staged by one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors, Katie Mitchell.
Katie and her team have set the production around the time of the opera’s creation in the 19th century, and they use this as a platform to explore deeply all the aspects of human relationships in the story – sexual, emotional, physical and psychological. As Katie observes of the famous ending, ‘after all if on your wedding night you took a sharp implement and tried to kill a very strong man, and it went horribly wrong… We’re going to see all of that’.
The rehearsals have had a terrific start with a strong sense of excitement coming from the rehearsal room. But as they have progressed it has also become clear to us that the team's approach will lead to scenes that feature sexual acts portrayed on stage, and other scenes that – as you might expect from the story of Lucia – feature violence. As a result, we have recently updated our website with a message about this. As you have already booked, we wanted to draw your attention to it. If there are any members of your party who you feel may be upset by such scenes then please email us at email@example.com and we will, of course, discuss suitable arrangements.
Kasper Holten, Director of Opera, The Royal Opera
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