“Klinghoffer” Performed At The Met

Yes, there were protesters outside the Metropolitan Opera last night, and, yes, there was one person who heckled the performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer” during its first act. But mostly the show went on. Rudy Giuliani was part of the outdoor protest; Mayor Bill de Blasio countered: ‘“I think the American way is to respect freedom of speech. Simple as that.” As for the quality of the performance, conducted by David Robertson, here’s the Times review, by Anthony Tommasini, which calls the work “raw” and “penetrating.” Which makes it sound like musical porn. The protesters would, for different reasons, agree.

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