Staging of Tannhauser at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf
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Nazi-themed Wagner opera cancelled in Dusseldorf

9 May 2013 Last updated at 17:22 BST

A controversial production of a Wagner opera at one of the major German opera houses has been cancelled because of harrowing scenes involving Nazis.

The Rheinoper, based in Dusseldorf, said some of the audience had to seek medical help following early performances of Tannhauser.

But the producer "refused" to tone down the staging, set in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The production has now been cancelled with only concert performances planned.

The BBC's Steve Evans reports from Berlin.