Rudy Fail! Protest Against ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera Backfire
[su_r_sky_ad]We saw this coming from a mile away! So Rudy Giuliani and a cohort of his pals decide to picket New York’s Metropolitan Opera for staging John Adams’ opera “The Death of Klinghoffer”, claiming (wrongly) that the opera is anti-Semitic (in fact, the only sympathetic characters are Klinghoffer and his wife). The protests appeared to completely backfire, according to Norman Lebrecht’s dishy classical music blog Slipped Disc, where one of his New York colleagues writes:
The extraordinarily vocal demonstrators guaranteed that the Metropolitan premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer” would be a success. Most in attendance were so appalled by the uneducated and irrational brouhaha, they were revved to show their support for the Met, the composer and the performers. Conductor David Robertson never received the kind of frenzied ovation he got just for coming out.
And that’s the way it was all evening: a politicized occasion that backfired for the supposed righteous. And at the end, the person receiving the most applause was John Adams.