Opera Cancels Global Recital Over Anti-Semitism Fears


Opera will still be shown

The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday it was canceling plans for a global simulcast of “The Death of Klinghoffer” amid objections it could stir anti-Semitic sentiments.

The opera, planned for Nov. 15, will still be shown in New York.

The show depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship by the Palestine Liberation Front terrorist group, in which a Jewish New Yorker, Leon Klinghoffer, Hy”d, 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.

Producer John Adams blasted the decision, saying the opera “in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism.”