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Sunday, June 7, 1998 Published at 03:49 GMT 04:49 UK

World: Middle East

Tel Aviv opera drops plans for Wagner

The Tel Aviv Opera in Israel has abandoned plans to play a work by the German composer, Wagner, after protests by staff.

Israel radio said dozens of people walked out of discussions, after the Opera's musical director asked for a performance of an aria from Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman".

Works by the nineteenth century composer are widely banned in Israel, which views him as a forerunner of Nazi anti-semitism.

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