Opera Lover Rudy Giuliani To Protest ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera
[su_r_sky_ad]On Monday evening, New York’s Metropolitan Opera mounts their in-house debut production of the John Adams/Alice Goodman opera “The Death of Klinghoffer”. Past performances, including its debut back in 1991 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, met with some criticism, but the present production has a cadre of notably pro-Israel pols ginning things up to a Franco-Zeffirelli-scale protest outside Lincoln Center on Amsterdam Avenue.
And who will be leading the protest? Why, everyone’s favorite September-11th-Tourette’s-syndrome connoisseur of both drag and opera (who looks poised to get his name back before the public just in time for the next presidential horserace), Rudy Giuliani:
Mr. Giuliani will be yet another politician, including ex-Gov. George Pataki, a fellow Republican who joined last week’s protest, and Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, spearheading a protest against the two decades-old opera, set to debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday. Former Gov. David Paterson, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Congressman Peter King will join this rally.
Critics say the opera, which tells the real-life story of a Jewish man in a wheelchair who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists after they hijacked a cruise ship, is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Some have defended the opera, composed by John Adams, as a masterpiece, however, while others, including Observer opera critic James Jorden, have defended the Met’s right to perform the opera on freedom of expression grounds.
It’s such a personal matter for ol’ Rudy…
“As United States Attorney, I investigated the Leon Klinghoffer murder by Yasir Arafat,” Mr. Giuliani said, according to the Village Voice. “I knew, in detail, the Americans he murdered. I went over their cases.”
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Mr. Giuliani claimed he investigated the murder when he was U.S. attorney in 1985, though ex-Village Voice journalist–and Giuliani antagonist–Wayne Barrett disputed the claim in a 2007 story.