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Fwd: De Blasio and Giuliani Speak Out on Met’s ‘Klinghoffer’ as Protests Begin - NYTimes.com
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Louis Proyect
2014-10-20 22:57:02 UTC
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(Good for de Blasio)

As the Metropolitan Opera prepared to give its first performance of John
Adams?s 1991 opera ?The Death of Klinghoffer? on Monday night, several
hundred protesters gathered outside the opera house, security was
heightened inside, and the debate over the work spread to City Hall.

As Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and Republican
presidential candidate, joined protesters outside the opera house Monday
evening to denounce the work, which he said offered ?a distorted view of
history,? the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, defended the
Met?s right to perform it. He said that Mr. Giuliani ?had a history of
challenging cultural institutions when he disagreed with their content.?

full:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/arts/music/metropolitan-opera-forges-ahead-on-klinghoffer-in-spite-of-protests.html
A.R. G
2014-10-21 20:11:35 UTC
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What exactly does the opera portray?

I can't imagine that an opera whose central point of focus is the PLO
killing a civilian to be all that sympathetic to Palestine, especially if
the ADL is willing to defend it (while smearing the Park-51 Islamic Center).

- Amith

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(Good for de Blasio)
As the Metropolitan Opera prepared to give its first performance of John
Adams?s 1991 opera ?The Death of Klinghoffer? on Monday night, several
hundred protesters gathered outside the opera house, security was
heightened inside, and the debate over the work spread to City Hall.
As Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and Republican
presidential candidate, joined protesters outside the opera house Monday
evening to denounce the work, which he said offered ?a distorted view of
history,? the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, defended the Met?s
right to perform it. He said that Mr. Giuliani ?had a history of
challenging cultural institutions when he disagreed with their content.?
full: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/arts/music/metropolitan-
opera-forges-ahead-on-klinghoffer-in-spite-of-protests.html
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Louis Proyect
2014-10-21 20:14:45 UTC
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Post by A.R. G
What exactly does the opera portray?
I can't imagine that an opera whose central point of focus is the PLO
killing a civilian to be all that sympathetic to Palestine, especially
if the ADL is willing to defend it (while smearing the Park-51 Islamic
Center).
- Amith
I really can't afford opera tickets but I took the CD out from the
Columbia library and will be writing something for Counterpunch weekend
edition about it.

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