The Met canceled the simulcast but they should have canceled the opera:
(INN) New York’s Metropolitan Opera said it had scrapped a live cinema broadcast of an American opera inspired by a 1985 hijacking by Palestinian Arab terrorists, over fears that it might fan anti-Semitism, AFP reports.
Avant-garde American composer John Adams wrote the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” in 1991 and the Met’s new production was first performed in London in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim.
It is based on the Palestine Liberation Front hijacking of an Italian cruise liner, the Achille Lauro, with more than 400 passengers on board in the Mediterranean Sea in October 1985.
The siege ended three days later when one gunman shot dead a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound American Jewish tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body into the sea.
The Met said it would no longer transmit its November 15 performance into cinemas across the world over “an outpouring of concern” that it “might be used to fan global anti-Semitism.”
“I’m convinced that the opera is not anti-Semitic,” said Met general manager Peter Gelb in a statement quoted by AFP.
“But I’ve also become convinced that there is genuine concern in the international Jewish community that the live transmission of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ would be inappropriate at this time of rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe,” he added.
Klinghoffer’s daughters say the opera dangerously juxtaposes “the plight of the Palestinian people with the coldblooded, terrorist murder of an innocent disabled American Jew.”
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