the death of klinghoffer

The Voices Of Protest

The JW's video blogger reports live from the 'Klinghoffer' protest.

‘Klinghoffer’ Fails To Live Up To The Controversy

John Adams’ opera puts slain victim at moral center.


‘See it. You Decide,” the Metropolitan Opera of New York exhorts in a promotional push capitalizing on the controversy over its new production of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Protestors in wheelchairs line up before the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night performance. Getty Images

‘Klinghoffer’ As Gateway To Dialogue

In St. Louis, the controversial opera served as a foundation for new relationships across faith lines.

Special To The Jewish Week

For the past few weeks, my email and social media have been inundated with discussions and links to flyers, articles and events that all support the opposition, protest and even disruption of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer.” And I disagree with each one.

Rhetoric Rising As ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera Nears

Wheelchair protest set for opening night as sides dig in.

Staff Writer

In the face of overwhelming condemnation by the Jewish community over what it considers to be an anti-Semitic opera, The Metropolitan Opera, in a strategy unveiled in recent days, is asking people to come to the opera’s premiere performance Monday night and decide for themselves.

Scene from John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Looking Out For Jewish Interests


The Sept. 26 front-page headline: “Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” should be a wake-up call, unfortunately, late in the game. Why do the “center” and the “left” award the “right” a monopoly on looking out for Jewish interests, speaking out and being proud Jews? 


‘Mainstream’ Response To Met Too Weak

Executive Director

Two articles in your Sept. 26 issue describe the organized efforts of “the right flank of the Jewish community” to stop the Metropolitan Opera presentation of the pro-terrorist opera, “The Death Of Klinghoffer” (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” and “Operatic Rage At Met Protest”).

Gelb’s Dual Role


Throughout the brouhaha over “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, has sought to deflect criticism that the work is anti-Semitic by pointing out that he is himself Jewish (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing,” Sept. 26). Now, it seems, Gelb has ratcheted it up a notch by presenting himself not as just a member-in-good-standing of the Jewish community but as an out-and-out defender of the community’s interests. 

High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’Opera

Met’s move fuels lofty debate about limits of art.

Staff Writer

John Adams’ contemporary opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” has been called “perhaps the most controversial opera of the 20th century.”

Composer John Adams.  Wikimedia Commons

Richard Taruskin and Classical Music: Good for the Jews

Perhaps the greatest irony of classical music is that, while Jews have excelled in the genre as both composers and musicians, they have left very little notable music with an identifiable Jewish strain.  Many have tried, to be sure—Leonard Bernstein and Steven Reich, to name two.  But both those greats will be forever famous for their non-Jewish work.

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