Mozart opera dropped over safety fears
Hans Neuenfels’s production was first shown in 2003, when it caused controversy by introducing a scene the depicts the decapitated heads of Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, and the Greek god Poseidon. King Idomeneo is shown bringing out the four heads and placing them on chairs. Neuenfels intended the production to be an attack on world religions.
The latest production was cancelled on advice from security authorities, who said it posed an “incalculable” risk.
It should be noted that the opera house received no threats from anyone. The decision is a case of self-censorship.