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 sites have refused to post the cover image for Penny Woolcock’s television film of the opera (below). The image itself is curiously depersonalised: you see nothing of the victim.
ENO, in an image released today to Slipped Disc, has decided to go full-on with the brutal act: a helpless man in a wheelchair, executed without mercy by PLO thugs. It will not please anyone in the Palestinian camp. Click here for what you’ll see next month on the billings: