Met Opera's GM, Peter Gelb, Responds to Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER

October 22, 2014 4:00 PM

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In the World of opera, it's common for a new work to take some time to establish its place in the repertoire. Just think of Così fan tutte, written in 1790 but largely ignored until the mid-20th century, or Les Troyens, which didn't reach the United States until more than a century after its composition. A generation has passed since the 1991 premiere of John Adams's second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, but for the most part the work is still known solely by its controversial reputation. Apart from that original production, only two other full stagings have been seen in the U.S., and both of these took place within the past three years (at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2011 and Long Beach Opera in spring 2014).

But Met audiences will at last have a chance to experience firsthand one of the most talked-about contemporary operas when Klinghoffer has its company premiere in Tom Morris's moving production (initially staged in 2012 at English National Opera). With David Robertson conducting and Paulo Szot, Alan...

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