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Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat
Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' is a compassionate feat

The Metropolitan Opera had a mess on its hands. Hundreds of people stood, or sat in rented wheelchairs, outside Lincoln Center on Monday to protest its production of John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer," an operatic depiction of the high-profile 1985 Palestinian attack on the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the shooting of a Jewish American passenger. In one speech, the Met was accused of promulgating an "operatic Kristallnacht," presumably equating staging "Klinghoffer" to the notorious Nazi street attacks against German and Austrian Jews in 1938. There was a massive police presence. Some at the Met had reportedly received death threats. ...

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