Discussion over John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer

I HAVE BEEN OUT OF TOWN RECENTLY, but there has been some interesting discussion on the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams.  This NY Post article was quickly followed by an opinion piece in the American Interest that were both critical of the production, which has been controversial ever since its premiere in 1991.

Klinghoffer was a disabled American appliance manufacturer who was murdered and thrown overboard by Palestinian terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985.  Adams contends that the opera tries to give equal voice to all those involved, including the views of the terrorists.  While I have not seen Klinghoffer, I can understand why this is a hot-button topic.  I am a big fan of Adams’s Nixon in China, and would like to see it before I weigh in.  There is a defense of Klinghoffer here.  What do you think?

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