Met Opera cancels 'Klinghoffer' simulcast

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 9:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera has canceled plans for a global simulcast to cinemas of John Adam's "The Death of Klinghoffer" amid objections it could stir anti-Semitc sentiments.

The Live in HD broadcast was planned for Nov. 15.

The opera depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship by the Palestine Liberation Front in which a Jewish New Yorker, Leon Klinghoffer, was killed.

The Met made its decision after discussions with the Anti-Defamation League.

The League praised the Met's decision, saying while the opera wasn't anti-Semitic it feared it could create anti-Israeli sentiments in foreign countries.

Adams blasted the decision, saying the opera "in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism."

The work will be performed at the opera house as planned in the fall.

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