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Sour Notes: Alice Goodman, librettist for the new opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” has responded to sharp criticism by Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters who denounced the work as exploitive and anti-Semitic. Said Goodman in Boston: “Anyone who attends this opera with an unprejudiced mind will perceive that it does honor to the destiny of the Jewish people and to the memory of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer. To those who come prepared to see and hear only what they want to see and hear, nothing one can say is of any use.” The opera depicts Klinghoffer’s 1985 death at the hands of Palestinian terrorists aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship.


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