Quadrilingual Bang & Olufsen fan (Opera Chic prefers vintage McIntosh, thank you very much) Robert Carsen speaks about his controversial Candide
censored torpedoed by Scala General Manager and all-out tough guy Stéphane "Jacket Required, Or Maybe Not" Lissner:
The scene involving Bush and the other semi-clad statesmen floating on an oil slick, Carsen says, was never mentioned in his conversations with Lissner. ``Stephane had this concern for the Scala audience,'' he says. ``There's so much in English that they would just tune out.'' Carsen plans to adjust the show for Milan; exactly how will be hammered out later.
Memo to future Scala directors of politically very sensitive material: whatever you do, translate all the dialogue from English into Italian, and be careful how you translate "Berlusconi Suxxx0r!", in Italian it's "Viva Berlusconi!". Then delete the politcally sensitive material, because in Italian it sounds even worse. Then pocket your massive fee. And you'll all be alrighty.
Hammer Lissner don't hurt'em! (in the photo below, Carsen and Lissner hard at work rewriting Candide in a Scala-safe version)