September 10, 2014
Tenors and Terrorism at the Metropolitan Opera
by Betty Mohr
New York.The Metropolitan Opera's timing couldn’t be worse. In spite of the beheading of a two American journalists by Islamic terrorists, the escalation of anti-Semitism around the world, the bombing of synagogues in Europe--the Metropolitan Opera of New York still plans to present The Death of Klinghoffer on October 20, 2014.
With a musical score by John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman, the opera centers on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, in which an Islamic terrorist, shot a 69-year old American Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer; and while the disabled man was in a wheel chair, tossed him overboard. (Read more on Anti-Semitic Opera Coming to the Met)
Not only was the Met going to present the opera, but previously it was also going to have a live broadcast of the show in 2,000 theaters around the world--so that every Jew hater could get a chance to see the anti-Semitic opera. But, after a torrent of complaints, the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, relented and cancelled the movie broadcasts. But, Gelb decided to go on with the opera, opening October 20 in New York’s Lincoln Center.
Gelb, a Jew who seems to have no affinity for Judaism, has said that: “I’m convinced the opera is not anti-Semitic." It’s a naïve statement at best since anyone who reads the libretto of The Death of Klinghoffer will immediately recognize its glaring anti-Semitism.
At the time that Gelb cancelled the live broadcast, some Jewish groups were relieved, but many others also wanted the opera presentation scrapped. Since then, anti-Semitism has become even more virulent, the Islamic Nazis savages have become even bolder and more vicious, and shadows of the 1930's Holocaust are growing right in front of our eyes. The fear and anger about the Mets upcoming production of The Death of Klinghoffer has taken on a new urgency.
Unlike the 30s in which the world turned a blind eye to what was happening in death camps throughout Europe, today there are those who are fighting back by calling for the Metropolitan Opera to cancel its upcoming presentation of The Death of Klinghoffer. They will rally at 5 p.m., September 22, 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, Broadway and West 65th Street, New York City.
Evil succeeds when good men do nothing; here’s a chance to do something—join the rally!