2014-10-20 22:57:02 UTC
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.?