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Read the libretto of the English opera The Death of Klinghoffer by John Coolidge Adams on With links to other information and other operas. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. The Death of Klinghoffer. Discussion Guide Libretto Excerpts. VIGNETTE I (Act I, Scene II). MAMOUD. It’s good. That these songs are sad. I used to play.

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An opening scene depicting a kllnghoffer family, the Rumors, was permanently cut from the score on grounds that it caused offense. Coolness rose like a wave From our pure well.

Explaining that he is normally a person who likes to avoid trouble, he nevertheless goes on to condemn the hijackers, accusing them of simply using their ideologies as a license to fulfill their real desire–to kill. Retrieved April 9, She explores how the use of contemporary media in productions, such as the Penny Woolcock film klinghkffer the opera, affects perception of the two sides of the libretti conflict.

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The Death of Klinghoffer

Mahmoud sings an aria about freedom, contrasting with the Captain’s earlier song. Retrieved September 28, The Nonesuch recording, released klinyhofferdoes not include this music.

First produced in Brussels and New York inthe opera is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front inand the hijackers’ murder of year-old Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghofferwho was wheelchair bound.


Based on this aspect, the opera has been criticized as undramatic and static, particularly in act 1, whereas act 2 is more oibretto in terms of operatic narrative.

The Death of Klinghoffer

It was commissioned by five American and European opera companies, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Controversy surrounded the American premiere and other productions in the years which followed.

Molqui, one of the terrorists, sings an aria “Give these orders” explaining the situation to the passengers and promising them safety. Compositions by John Coolidge Adams. The hijackers had o during the disembarkation.

Others accused the creators of anti-Semitism for their portrayal of fictional Jewish-American neighbours of the Klinghoffers, the Rumors, in a ov in the original version. Retrieved March 22, British police reports from the British headquarters in Haifa Israel at the time confirmed: Meanwhile, o scene ends with a number in which the chorus reflects on the events that have occurred.

In the final scene, after the crisis has been resolved and the passengers have disembarked, the Captain tells Marilyn Klinghoffer about her husband’s death.

The unnamed captain of the MS Achille Lauro recalls the events of the hijacking. Marilyn Klinghoffer talks about disability, illness, and death. The drama is portrayed primarily in long monologues by individual characters, with commentary by the choruswhich does not take part in the action.


The Death of Klinghoffer / John Adams ; libretto by Alice Goodman – Details – Trove

Archived October 7,at the Wayback Machine. The next scene opens with Klinghoffer’s wife Marilyn, talking about disability, illness, and death; she assumes that her husband has been taken to the ship’s hospital. Retrieved February 2, Act 1 ends with the “Night Chorus.


In Junethe Metropolitan Opera in New York cancelled an international simulcast and radio broadcast of this opera due to “an outpouring klinghoffeg concern” locally that it “might be used to fan global anti-semitism. Mamoud threatens all of the passengers with death. Arab women and children are shown fleeing for their lives, while Israeli soldiers are shown shooting, hitting innocent Arabs with rifle butts, chasing the fleeing Arabs, and slapping an old Arab woman who is sitting passively in the dirt, flattening pita dough.

The Death of Klinghoffer Libretto

In a September New York magazine piece, critic Justin Davidson denied that The Death of Klinghoffer was anti-Semitic or glorified terrorism, stating that the title character is “the opera’s moral core, the one fully functioning human being.

Following ligretto September 11 attacksthe Boston Symphony Eeath cancelled a scheduled performance in November of extracts from the opera. Again the concept for the opera was suggested by director Peter Sellars. In a more academic analysis, musicologist Robert Fink countered Taruskin’s accusations of antisemitism, with particular reference to the deleted scene with the Rumor family.