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‘Klinghoffer’ opera opens amid protests in New York

Metropolitan opera House, New York.
Metropolitan opera House, New York. Image by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner / CC BY-SA 2.0

Opera-goers had to make their way through police barricades and shouting protesters on Monday night as the controversial opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ made its debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The opera, which tells the story of the murder of an American Jewish man by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1985, has caused months of protests, including threats made to cast members, and debate about whether the opera should go ahead. The debut was interrupted twice by shouts from audience members. The opera also received cheers from the crowd as it ended. Read more: nytimes.com