Opera host pulls out over Sissi award
DRESDEN: One of the hosts of this year’s Dresden Semperoper Ball has pulled out in the wake of a controversial decision by the opera house to give an award to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi.
The opera house said it would “respect” the decision by TV journalist Judith Rakers, who tweeted that she is still awaiting a formal dissolution of her contract.
Sissi was given the Order of St George in Cairo on Sunday. The 18-carat honour goes to people who have shown a special interest in Germany’s eastern states. He is also set to attend the ball on February 7.