Opera diva’s name to be struck off list of communist police agents

A Prague court has ordered the Czech Interior Ministry to delete the name of Czech born opera singer Sona Červená from its list of communist secret police agents and collaborators. The world-renowned mezzo soprano sued the interior ministry over the matter, saying that while she had repeatedly been questioned and harassed by the communist secret police before escaping from the country in the 1960s she had never signed any document pledging collaboration or cooperated with them in any way. Mrs. Červená, who is 83, returned to her homeland soon after the fall of communism. She was recently made an honorary member of Prague's State Opera Theatre.