The Ministry of Culture held a public hearing on the acclaimed staging of the opera “Tannhauser,” which was featured in the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The discussion was attended by representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, the two working groups of the Public Council under the Ministry of Culture of Russia (for theatrical art and public policy in the sphere of culture), experts and leaders of cultural institutions.
Following a discussion on the site Ministry of Culture has been published regarding the department’s official position statement. In particular, the report says, the Ministry of Culture of Russia considers unacceptable voluntary or involuntary expression of contempt for traditional values, shown by the leadership of the theater and stage director and theater director B.M.Mezdrichu points to the lack of control of the institution he heads.
The Ministry also called the creators of setting a public apology to all whose religious feelings were hurt: Ministry of Culture considers it appropriate to make the necessary changes in the formulation, as well as a public apology to all whose religious feelings were hurt. Not counting the censorship permitted, we remind our right, moreover – Acting within the framework of “Fundamentals of state cultural policy” to take in extreme cases, administrative and financial measures for public cultural institutions, including financing deprive such statement.
Also, the report refers to the audit of financial and economic activities of the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre: Due to the large number of inquiries about the amount of funding the opera “Tannhauser” fees of directors and actors, Russian Ministry of Culture organizes the audit of financial and economic activity Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The Council of Heads of religious organizations traditional religions of Russia and the city of Novosibirsk and Novosibirsk region, which includes the Metropolitan of Novosibirsk and Berdsk Tikhon, head of the Muslims of the Novosibirsk region Sharkizyanov Salim Nakipovich and Chief Rabbi of Novosibirsk and Novosibirsk region Shneur Zalman Zaklos, released March 18 statement to the residents of Novosibirsk region. Also, representatives of the Council of Heads of religious organizations called on the authorities of the authorities to prevent such events as: Novosibirsk opera Tannhauser is defiled the image of Jesus Christ; cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that were distributed in Belgium and France; insult the memory of millions of victims of the Holocaust Polish exhibition held s Estonia; destruction of Buddhist shrines in Afghanistan.
According to the heads of religious organizations: These actions lead to destabilization and breach of the peace in a society split on the basis of religious and ethnic hatred, which can lead to unpredictable consequences.
March 10 World Central District Court acquitted the director of the opera “Tannhauser” Timothy Kuljabina and director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre of Boris Mezdricha the case of insulting the feelings of believers. Kulyabin himself in an open letter called the decision of the court victory over aggression respectful dialogue, the victory of common sense over the ultra-radicalism.
February 4 at productions directed by Timothy Kuljabina was instituted administrative proceedings for deliberate public desecration of religious or theological literature, objects of religious veneration, signs or emblems ideological symbols and paraphernalia or their damage or destruction. Administrative case was filed as the director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre of Boris Mezdricha.
February 13 at a press conference the head of the Archdiocese of Novosibirsk and Berdsk Tikhon Orthodox Church said that he had filed a complaint about the opera Tannhäuser in the regional prosecutor’s office.