"The Death of Klinghoffer," the controversial 1991 opera by John Adams, is scheduled to make its much-belated Los Angeles-area debut in 2014. But the producing company won't be L.A. Opera, which was one of several groups that commissioned the piece.
A report in The Stage that dancers are being paid £327 a week, or £8 ($12) an hour to appear in The Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera has provoked mixed reactions. One one side, horror and disgust that arts professionals are treated so poorly. On the other, the old bromide that ‘at least [...]
Production image by Richard Hubert Smith. Political controversy has arrived at the ENO with the staging of John Adams’s Death of Klinghoffer. This contemporary opera covers the 1985 hijacking by Palestinian terrorists of the cruise ship Achille Lauro as it docks in Alexandria. Show More Summary
Mark Swed reviews English National Opera's new production of John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer." There is no controversy, thanks, no doubt, to a combination of political soft-pedaling, strong theater and great music well perform...
There are certain works which, because of their structure, hover on the fringes of the operatic form. Works like Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, which the composer didn't intend to be staged but is; or Vaughan Williams morality The Pilgrims Progress which the composer intended to be staged but which critics say is better unstaged. Show More Summary
The Wieler-Morabito production of Rusalka at Covent Garden has proved a lot more controversial in terms of critical response than The Death of Klinghoffer at ENO. Some critics, including my Independent colleague Ed Seckerson, have given...Show More Summary
Some enterprising opera company needs to put on a double bill of Bel Canto and The Death of Klinghoffer.
Unusually, since he’s a thoughtful and knowledgeable writer and a good colleague, I disagree with almost every sentence and sentiment in Barry Millington’s ES review of The Death of Klinghoffer. We might as well have been watching different shows that night. Still, that’s his view and he’s entitled to it. What he’s less entitled to [...]
So, in the end it passed without incident. Apart from a solitary man outside on the pavement with a placard that hoped opera-goers would enjoy watching a Jewish cripple murdered by a gang of terrorists, the long-delayed London stage première of The Death of Klinghoffer ran smoothly at the weekend. No disruptions, protests, pickets – [...]
The Death of Klinghoffer. John Adams "an important statement". Classical Iconoclast "not a cogent whole worth seeing". Seen and Heard International "outdated". Slipped Disc "Alice Goodman’s intelligent, harrowing and nuanced libretto got under my skin" 300 Words Opening. Philip Glass...
Yesterday was the opening night of The Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera.Rings: it's strong stuff, first of all. Tom Morris's staging is magnificent, overwhelming at times in the power of its imagery, dominated by the draining...Show More Summary
A lone protestor stood outside English National Opera on the opning night of John Adams’s controversial opera. His placard was subdued and to the point. Several operagoers stopped by to chat. In the lobby, an elderly acquaintance announced his intention to boo. So far as I could tell, he refrained. There was no demonstration at [...]
The New York Philharmonic has announced its 2012-13 season; Christopher Rouse will be composer in residence.... Fiona Maddocks likes the choice of Sakari Oramo to lead the BBC Symphony.... On the occasion of The Death of Klinghoffer at English National...
The huffing and puffing of media rabbi Shmuley Boteach has been picked up by various newspapers as testimony of the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-human nature of John Adams’s opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Shmuley also has a wacko new book to promote. It’s called ‘Kosher Jesus’. Elsewhere, the young Australian baritone Andrew Finden has been [...]
There was a warning of anti-opera demonstrations in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. Unnamed Jewish groups, apparently, are planning to picket or disrupt English National Opera’s forthcoming production of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer. Show More Summary
Let the production proceed. But let people be educated about its glaring flaws lest they fall into the trap of the moral equivalence between those who live to kill and those who are forced to kill because they wish to live.
Later this month ENO's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams's opera about a Palestinian hijacking at sea that took place in 1985, will bring this extremely controversial work to a full staging in the capital for the first time. Show More Summary
There have been deep discussions at English National Opera over how to present The Death of Klinghoffer, the John Adams opera in which Palestinian terrorists murder a wheelchair invalid on a Mediterranean cruise. Previous productions and recordings have gone totally neutral on their visual presentation, trying not to inflame an already overheated issue. Many commercial [...]
My goodness, the folks at ENO and the Met are brave. They're staging a co-production of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, directed by Tom Morris (of War Horse fame). ENO will give seven performances, opening on 25 February. It will be the London stage premiere of this American supremo's most controversial opera. Show More Summary
A press release from the English National Opera announces details of its forthcoming production of The Death of Klinghoffer, which will have seven performances in February and March of next year. Tom Morris, of War Horse and Jerry Springer: The...