We have first-night reports from our intrepid New York operagoers, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes. For once, they had no trouble at all getting a premiere ticket.
Elizabeth writes: I was left with a great respect for the performers for persevering over a great deal of pressure and objection from the public, but an uncertainty on how I feel about the piece itself. What put me at ease a bit at least, was seeing an Orthodox Jew in the lobby as we left explaining to other operagoers “No it isn’t supposed to be an actual retelling of the death of Klinghoffer, it’s an art meditation on the events.” I appreciated seeing someone who I would have assumed was against the opera actually evaluating and appreciating the work.
Shawn writes: The only real disruption of the performance came during a brief break about 20 minutes into act one. A single man somewhere down in Orchestra Left began screaming, “The Murder of Klinghoffer Will Never Be Forgiven!” over and over until he was ejected or left of his own accord. I did find it of note that he waited until a musical break in the opera to stage his protest. As undisruptive as a disruption can be really.
Read their full reviews here.