The Metropolitan Opera has come back from a lot this year: a financial meltdown and a controversial staging of John Adams masterpiece The Death of Klinghoffer. Now, the latest program is a brilliant rendition of Puccini's classic La Bohème, which begins Friday, November 14.
Since the big wigs at The Metropolitan Opera — cough, Pete Gelb — have been scared into submission, Chicago's WHPK-FM radio station will take on a simulcast of John Adams's controversial "The Death of Klinghoffer."
The Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer, drew not only theater enthusiasts but a swarm of angry protesters, as well. The controversial performance, penned by minimalist composer John Adams, portrays the death of Leon Klinghoffer--a 69-year-old, wheelchair-bound Jewish American--by Palestinian hijackers while aboard a cruise with his wife in October 1985.
NYPD and protestors will congregate in front of Lincoln Center for the premiere of The Metropolitan Opera's latest staging of John Adams' controversial (and equally brilliant) The Death of Klinghoffer. Joining in their voice, too, is opera advocate and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
As opening night took to the Metropolitan Opera, crowds gathered for the latest production of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." And given its great reception, the strife that has followed the Met recently has seemingly been swept under the rug.
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.