Met to present controversial ‘Klinghoffer’ opera

October 15, 2014 1:23 PM

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NEW YORK — When the Metropolitan Opera announced in February that it would present John Adams’ ”The Death of Klinghoffer” this fall, there was, as Peter Gelb recalls it, “absolutely no reaction” at first. Then the firestorm erupted.

Starting in May, the company’s general manager said he and board members began getting “hundreds of emails and phone calls in an organized campaign” demanding they cancel the production. Those objecting to the opera, which recounts the murder of a disabled Jewish American passenger by Palestinian hi...

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