Royal Opera House defends rape scene after booing 


July 3, London: The Royal Opera House has written to thousands of ticket-holders to warn them of a graphic scene of sexual humiliation in its controversial new opera, as it admits it must now take complaints very seriously.

Organisers have written to future audience members to be prepared for scenes of sexual violence, which is not in the original opera, after its opening night ended in vociferous booing.

The Opera House has since apologised for distress caused by the first night.

The production is due to be live broadcast at 400 cinemas in the UK on July 5, as well as 850 screens around the World.

The Opera House’s production of William Tell, which has been given a 15 certificate for a cinema screening.

The production, which is directed by the Italian director Damiano Michieletto, was heavily criticised by audience members and critics.

After the first night, Director of Opera Kasper Holten defended the controversial scene saying it “puts the spotlight on the brutal reality of women being abused during war time, and sexual violence being a tragic fact of war.”

The response which is posted on the Royal Opera House website again defends the scene saying that they “feel that the scene in question is not gratuitous but is founded in the libretto of the opera and in the context of the overall action of the piece”.

But the post admits the “reactions have made a deep impact on us”.

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