Hans Neuenfels' September, 2006 Berlin Deutsche Oper Idomeneo made international news, igniting the Islamific ire of several Muslim-rights groups and assorted threats, demanding Deutsche Oper to pull the plug on the entire production, which they eventually conceded to. The cancellation was invoked by shouts of blasphemy; specifically a scene where Idomeneo displays Mohammed’s disembodied head (along with the severed heads of Neptune, Jesus, and Buddha).
Finally, Idomeneo will make its return in a handful of days, opening at the Berlin Deutsche Oper this Monday, December 18, 2006. Spiegel has the article, along with a five-image photo gallery displaying the never-before-seen, newly-veiled DJ Mohammed chillaxing with the other super-deities.
And here's something quite delightful: A small bit of mischief is circulating around the workshops within the Deutsche Oper House, as last week, “four scandal-ridden severed heads vanished without a trace…triggering an opera house-wide search for the missing heads.” If the severed heads don’t turn-up, replacement props will be made. O RLY? Take that, blasphemers!