New York’s prestigious Metropolitan Opera, under the leadership of Peter Gelb (pictured), on June 17 cancelled plans to simulcast the John Adams/Alice Goodman opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” on theater screens around the world, reducing the potential audience for this antisemitic work by hundreds of thousands. This comes immediately after CAMERA’s successful campaign which led to a deluge of protests via letters and phone calls to The Met, to the media, and to sponsors of the simulcast and the simulcast company.
“Mr. Gelb, … it was with dismay and disappoint-ment that I learned that the Met had scheduled its first-ever performances of John Adams’s 'The Death of Klinghoffer.' Mediocre music … a tendentious story line and an inflammatory libretto that falsely maligns Israel and the Jewish people.” (From CAMERA’s open letter to Met Opera general manager).
Rossini’s opera Moses in Egypt, based on the biblical narrative, is the most recent of several opera productions in Europe confiscated to vilify Jews and the Jewish state. Moses appears as a bin Laden-look-alike terrorist leader toting an assault rifle.
The world of grand opera is not immune to the global spread of anti-Israel propaganda which manifests itself sometimes in the plot of a new opera and sometimes in a radical re-working of a venerable classic.
The song, Freedom for Palestine, by a consortium that calls itself One World, advocates "breaking down" Israel's "Wall" for "freedom for Palestine." Freedom to restart suicide bombings that the security barrier helped end.
Damaging misinformation is being conveyed about Israel not just in news stories, but in popular culture items as well, such as Oprah and Vogue magazines, and now a popular NBC police drama.