WA bans Carmen because of smoking. Killing women for love still okay.

It is a strange state of affairs when a major state opera company refuses to program a piece because of its references to cigarettes, but doesn’t really acknowledge the fact that the opera (and many others) seems to support the idea that the male protagonist can murder a woman who rejects him.

I know that Carmen’s murder isn’t glorified, but it’s there, and is central to the plot.

And, it is clear that the music and drama imply that he was “pushed” by Carmen’s tempestuous and fiery nature.

There is even acknowledgement by others that many opera plots are unsavoury as noted in the ABC article. But is violence against women so ingrained as “normal” behaviour, that no one feels compelled (or even notices) the significant number of opera and drama plots that have the woman murdered by the “pushed” or driven male protagonist?

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