Opponents of John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer, which opens tomorrow night at the Met, are jubilant at the capture of a trophy march leader. Rudolph Giuliani, who has signalled his participation in the protest, acquitted himself with proficiency and sympathy as Mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks.
His opposition to the opera is vested in his investigation of the case it dramatises. ‘As United States Attorney, I investigated the Leon Klinghoffer murder by Yasir Arafat,’ he is on the record as saying. ‘I knew, in detail, the Americans he murdered. I went over their cases.’
Some, however, contest his claim to have investigated the case.