Met Opens “Figaro” Amidst Protesters

Several hundred protesters gathered last night outside the Metropolitan Opera before the opening-night performance of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” for a noisy demonstration calling for the company to cancel its production of John Adams’s 1991 opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which is to have its Met premiere next month. That opera depicts a 1985 cruise ship hijacking by members of the Palestine Liberation Front, and the killing of a disabled Jewish-American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer. Whatever happened to freedom of expression? It’s thriving, in a sense: the protesters got to protest, and the Met gets to present “Klinghoffer.” As for last night’s “Figaro,” here’s a review from Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times.

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