UPDATED: Met Cancels Simulcast, Now Should Reject Antisemitic Opera

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.

Anti-Israel Opera to Be Viewed Live by Hundreds of Thousands

“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).

Biblically Based Classic Opera Twisted to Vilify Jewish Nation

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.

Anti-Israel Propaganda Creeps Into World of Grand Opera

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.