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Die Soldaten

Nancy Shade

Zimmerman's opera Die Soldaten staged in Lyon and later the ENO, London, 1985.  Ken Russell says "When we did it in Lyon, Nancy Shade, our leading lady, who received ovation after ovation, later told the press that it was the most disgusting, filthy thing she'd ever been associated with".

In The Times of 24 Jun 1985 designer Ralph Koltrai says "All that Ken said to me was 'I need four acting areas'."  Koltrai produced a huge female torso laid out in segments.

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