Protest Greets Met’s Plans To Stage an Opera On Slaying of Klinghoffer

September 23, 2014 3:37 AM

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Waving signs that said “Don’t Give Hate a Voice” and shouting “shame on the Met,” protestors rallied for two hours at Dante Park, across Seventh Avenue from the Met. At least a dozen speakers stirred a crowd that was aghast that the Met would be stage a work about the 1985 slaying by Palestinian Arab terrorists of New Yorker Leon Klinghoffer.

The protest took place as patrons of the Met were arriving for the season’s opening. The protesters’ immediate aim was the cancellation of the Klinghoffer opera, which is set to open next month. The opera was composed a generation ago by John Adams, with a libretto by Alice Goodman. More broadly the...

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