Peter Gelb said hundreds of emails had persuaded him that a Met broadcast of John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer might be seen as promoting anti-semitism. The opera shows the murder of a disabled US citizen by Palestinian hijackers.
Gelb said he did not want to be seen doing anything ‘that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as pro-terrorist.’ He did not, however, believe the opera was antisemitic and there will be eight performances of Klinghoffer at the Met in September and October.
The decision to cancel the simulcast is a direct response to an outcry by Jewish groups and tabloid newspapers. It suggests the Met lacks the courage of its artistic convictions in staging the controversial opera.
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