Tyumen residents appealed to the Governor of the Tyumen region Vladimir Yakushev with a request to cancel the screening in the local Philharmonic rock-Opera “Jesus Christ superstar”. In a letter to the Governor, said that the statement offends the feelings of believers. TASS said yesterday the press Secretary of the Governor Olga Frolova.
According to the authors of the letter, a rock Opera “is aimed at creating a false representation of the divine essence of Jesus Christ, the canonical views on biblical events,” said Frolov. The letter the activists sent to the Governor, but to the General Director of the Tyumen theatre and concert enterprises, to the Prosecutor, she said.
Olga Frolova said that the decision to cancel the Opera was to accept the leadership of the Tyumen theatre and concert enterprises, which includes the Philharmonic hall. In the end, any decisions in this regard are not accepted, and the performance the night before showed the audience, as planned.
In mid-October it was reported that the rock-Opera “Jesus Christ superstar” at the request of the Orthodox activists of the public movement “Family, love, Fatherland” was canceled in Omsk. It was noted that in the formulation of the activists saw signs of “blasphemy, mockery of faith and a violation of sacred meanings.”
At the same time, the Ministry of culture of the Omsk region explainedthat the performance of Saint-Petersburg theatre “Rock Opera”, which was to be held in Omsk state music theatre, canceled distributors – due to lack of interest and unsold tickets. And the Director of the theatre Boris Rotberg told TASS that orders the cancellation of the theater “Rock Opera” is not given and the work will go as usual according to the repertoire.
Famous Ural playwright Nikolai Kolyada noted that around the Opera there was an incomprehensible hysteria. “This is a great and beautiful music, and I don’t understand why this is all happening around it,” he said. According to Carol, rock-Opera is in no way offends the feelings of believers. “It’s a classic, and at what here insults the feelings of believers? I myself am a believer and I rock Opera as a believer does not insult,” added the playwright in an interview with TASS.
Rock-Opera “Jesus Christ superstar” was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim rice in 1970. A year later it was put on Broadway. In the Soviet Union the Opera was staged for the first time in early 1990 by the St. Petersburg theatre “Rock Opera”.