The Jewish Daily Forward has published an extensive, balanced and carefully nuanced article on the current furore surrounding John Adams’s opera, The Deat of Klinghoffer, which opens tonight at the Met.
In it, the British director Tom Morris says: ‘One of the sadnesses … is that Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters have become estranged from it as a work of art… My wish would be that they would come and see that there is an extraordinary respect for the characters based on their parents.’
Peter Gelb says: ‘For people to call me a self-hating Jew is so ludicrous that it’s beyond chilling. It’s outrageous and unfair. I’m being victimized and being attacked, but it hasn’t lessened my resolve. To bow under unfair pressure is not something I would do.’
And Alice Goodman reveals that she withdrew from working with Adams and Peter Sellars on another opera, Dr Atomic, because she felt its original presentation of Robert Oppenheimer as a Faust-like character was antisemitic. ‘There’s no way you can tell that story with Oppenheimer as Faust and not have it be anti-Semitic,’ she says. Read Adam Langer’s excellent article here.