I just read this post by Ilana. I think I agree with her conclusion:
It can serve a purpose and we shouldn't be so prudish, anyway. Thoughts?Ultimately, the appropriateness of nudity in opera boils down to a simple question: does having naked people onstage serve the story the director is trying to tell? If so, nudity is called for. If not, tread with caution: United States audiences, at least, are likely to find gratuitous naked bodies distracting.