Geneva Tannh‹user Features Nude Porn Star

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A new production of Wagner's Tannh‹user at Geneva's Grand Th_ê¢tre includes a brief scene with a male pornography actor in the nude, the Associated Press reports.

Herve Pierre Gustave, a star of French erotic films, plays Zeus in a scene in which the Greek god, disguised as a bull, abducts Europa.

"I simply want to infuse a clear signal, as in the stage direction in Wagner's score, of the sexuality that governs the abduction of Europa," director Olivier Py told a reporter. "For that, a veritable erection is the most obvious symbol."

According to the AP, audience members were unfazed by the scene. "It wasn't shocking," Anita Bruekmann said. "It wasn't very important to the work." The audience was more impressed with the performance of soprano Nina Stemme as Elisabeth, the news agency says.

Tannh‹user runs through October 11 at the Grand Th_ê¢tre.


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