Protest and praise for 'The Death of Klinghoffer' at the Metropolitan Opera

October 22, 2014 5:21 PM

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It wasn't on a scale with the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," but the first Metropolitan Opera performance of "The Death of Klinghoffer," the controversial work by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman about the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro, was as unconventional as expected.

Opera-goers arriving at Lincoln Center Monday night had to maneuver around police barricades to get to the theater. They could hear shouts and speeches by protestors gathered across the street to denounce everything about a piece of music theater relatively few people have actually experienced.

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