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GOP Senator Ted Cruz Won't Attend Lincoln Center Protests for Met Opera's 'The Death of Klinghoffer' on Monday, According to Spokesman

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT

Controversy has fallen on the shoulders of the Metropolitan Opera, as protestors will band together outside Lincoln Center on Monday against the staging of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer. However, the protest will not include Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

The new production has garnered some serious heat as critics accuse the program of anti-Semitism.

An opera written in 1991 about the murder of a disabled American Jew named Leon Klinghoffer, 69, the narrative details the events that transpired on a cruise ship hijacked by terrorists.

Senator Cruz confirmed on Tuesday that he would join the protests outside Lincoln Center, but quickly rescinded his claim, per a spokesman for the event's organizers, Ron Torossian.

"The senator received an informal invitation today and we have not confirmed his attendance," said Cruz spokesperson Catherine Frazier.

Getting behind the event, also, is Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, said Torossian, as well as other New York political figures and leaders of the Zionist Organization of America and the Catholic League.

As protestors gather on Monday, Cruz won't be in attendance because of other obligations. And the Met Opera will continue to premiere its upcoming performance, despite calls for it to close.

Check out the production trailer for Klinghoffer below from the English National Opera.

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