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      Guillaume Tell: First-night booing at the opera is far from exceptional

      Many productions feature shocking and controversial scenes, but the Royal Opera’s Guillaume Tell clearly crossed a line

      What happened at Covent Garden during, rather than at the end, of the first night of a new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell this week was clearly exceptional, but booing is by no means unusual at opera first nights. It does seem to have become particularly prevalent at the Royal Opera House in the last few years – an indication, perhaps, of the quality of many of the new productions presented there since Kasper Holten became director of opera – but booing has always been with us. There always seems to be a faction of first-night opera audiences that turn up primed to find fault wherever it can, and ready to volubly express its feelings. And some audiences simply don’t like to be confronted with something challenging on the opera stage.

      Related: Guillaume Tell review - sex, violence and protracted booing

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      William Tell gang rape scene will remain despite boos, says opera's director

      Damiano Michieletto, whose Royal Opera House production triggered an audience walkout after five-minute rape scene, insists the show must go on

      The Royal Opera House in London is standing by a production of William Tell which drew booing and walkouts after a scene in which a woman is stripped naked and raped by soldiers. “We are not going to change the production, nor do we apologise for it,” insisted director of opera Kasper Holten.

      The audience became angry during the third act of Rossini’s mammoth four and a half hour opera at the production’s premiere on Monday evening.

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      Guillaume Tell review - sex, violence and protracted booing

      Royal Opera House, London
      Rossini and a fine cast of singers just about survive Damiano Michieletto’s wretched new production of Guillaume Tell

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