Met's stark, vivid 'Klinghoffer' finally arrives

October 21, 2014 5:24 AM

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NEW YORK -- No amount of drama onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, where The Death of Klinghoffer opened Monday night, could have overshadowed the sturm und drang that has already trailed the Met's first production of John Adams' controversial 1991 work.

For the uninitiated, Klinghoffer was inspired by the real-life tragedy that took place aboard the Achille Lauro, a cruise ship that in 1985 was stormed by Palestinian militants who wound up killing a wheelchair-bound Jewish-American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer. While its defenders have maintained th...

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