With blogs posting almost daily about how opera is dying or dead, with even the head of the Metropolitan Opera, in a pre-strike negotiating tactic (that badly misfired) claiming, "Grand opera is in itself a kind of a dinosaur of an art form," I was over the moon with the all the attention given to the Met's production of The Death of Klinghoffer: articles on the front page of major newspapers across the country, world-wide television coverage, huge protests at the opening night. In an obviously bad choice of a cliché, I might say "Now that's good for the Jews!" Well, for the world of opera anyway.
I admit it: I am one of those who think any kind of publicity is good. And when was the last time an opera made the front page of The NY Times?