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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 horrific 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

      Related: William Tell: nudity and rape scene greeted with boos at Royal Opera House

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      William Tell: nudity and rape scene greeted with boos at Royal Opera House

      Audience uproar at opening night for London staging of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, in which female performer is stripped and molested by army officers

      A Royal Opera House production of Guillaume Tell (William Tell) that opened in London’s Covent Garden on Monday night was heckled and booed for incorporating a scene in which a young woman is stripped naked and molested by army officers.

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