Porn Star Has Erection in Wagner Opera

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Playbill Arts, 9/30/05 - A new production of Wagner's Tannhäuser at Geneva's Grand Théâtre 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.

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Tribune de Genève, 9/30/05 - Local papers have been bristling at the news that a famous porn star actor’s erect penis will be making regular appearances on the stage of Geneva’s Opera house. The Grand Théâtre, Geneva’s most upper crust artistic establishment, has hired one of France’s most renown sex actors, HPG, who has stared in over 1000 steamy films. Olivier Py, who is producing Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, explains the unusual presentation aims to illustrate the sexual nature of the Minotaur’s abduction of Europa. Jean-Marie Blanchard, the Grand Théâtre’s director, defends the French producer’s choice and says it is a very literal interpretation of the German composer’s work. HPG, who calls himself an erection mercenary, says he does not pay too much attention to Wagner’s music because he needs to focus on his performance.

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