The most dangerous hitman, as we all know, is the ninja.
Invisible, he sneaks up behind you and presses that special nerve ending at the base of your neck and you drop dead in an instant -- and you never knew what hit you.
This is the Robert Carsen way, when he has to dispatch an enemy of his.
Graham Vick, Denis Krief, Giorgio Battistelli reacted to Maazel's and Zeffirelli's accusations of vulgarity and incompetence with counterarguments -- Lorin & Franco are "provincial", "ungenerous", "old", "pitiful", "pathetic".
Carsen instead, in today's Corriere della Sera, in the fourth episode of the Old Skool vs New Skool debate, chooses a different way. The way of the ninja.
Carsen spoke out in defense of the arts, "in this era of deep cuts to public funding", explained how in his own work he tries to mix thought and emotion just like the composers creates an union between text and music, and then he silently went for the kill:
"Artists should support their fellow artists because if they attack them, in a way they attack themselves, too, cheapening their own contribution to the art. I hope that, if I'm lucky enough to live and work as long as my distinguished colleagues Zeffirelli and Maazel have, I will not look back in anger, but I'll have the generosity of spirit to try to understand, and offer guidance, and help".
Those sneaky ninjas, as we said above, can be more deadly than Godzilla, can they.