Sunday, September 18, 2011

80 Bavarian Opera members refuse to tour in Japan on radiation fears - 18th Sept 2011

Some 80 members of the 400-member Bavarian State Opera have refused to join its planned tour of Japan from Friday due to concern over radiation leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, sources close to the Munich-based opera company said Saturday.

The Bavarian State Opera, one of the world's most prestigious opera companies known in Germany as Bayerische Staatsoper, will substitute the nonparticipating members with auxiliary members and other artists to perform on its programs.

Those who refuse to travel to Japan will be taking nonpaid holidays during the tour period, they said.

The company will airlift drinking water from Germany to Japan, while radiation experts in Germany will accompany it during the Japanese tour to gauge amounts of radiation that may be contained in tour participants' meals, they said.

The planned opera performance is one of the events organized to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of exchanges between Japan and Germany.

The performance during the 18-day tour through Oct. 10 will include "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner and "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Richard Strauss. Source