2014 was the year opera made the front page. The reason? Not a fabulous diva nor a soaring aria. It was controversy named ‘Klinghoffer.’
General managers of opera companies, even ones as prestigious as the Metropolitan Opera, rarely find themselves on the front pages of tabloid newspapers. But it isn’t every year that the Met chooses to showcase “The Death of Klinghoffer,” the opera by John Adams with a libretto by Alice Goodman that dramatizes the murder of a wheelchair-bound American Jew at the hands of Palestinian terrorists aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985.
‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has been called just about everything, from masterpiece to blood libel. There is one thing it hasn’t been called: unabashedly Christian.
With the Metropolitan Opera’s new season set to open Monday night, protesters are calling for one show to be canceled.
The Metropolitan Opera has decided to cancel its global simulcast of the controversial work ‘The Death of Klinghoffer,’ which some critics say is anti-Semitic.