Jew-hatred coming to Lincoln Center

Ah, there’s nothing like the sound of sopranos, mezzo sopranos, altos, tenors, and baritones singing a message of hate. And thanks to The Metropolitan Opera, fans won’t have to wait much longer to hear it because the opera company will be producing The Death of Klinghoffer this fall.

The sound of anti-Semitism was never more pitch perfect.

Per the Jewish Standard:

The Metropolitan Opera, despite vigorous opposition from many parts of the Jewish Community, is forging ahead with its plans to present the opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” during its Fall 2014 season.  After a campaign of letter writing, demonstrations, and articles in the Jewish press, the Met has refused to remove the opera from its schedule, offering only to “compromise” by cancelling its worldwide HD simulcast programs, but not the production at the Metropolitan Opera House itself.

This opera presents the takeover of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985 by Palestinian terrorists, and their murder of 69 year old, wheel-chair bound Leon Klinghoffer, as justified, not only by Palestinian grievances against Israel, but also by the alleged evil and exploitative actions of Jews against others around the world.  The terrorists are humanized and presented as freedom fighters, who have been forced by Jewish and Zionist oppression to take extreme actions.

In the opera’s libretto, there are passages that defame the Jews as a people. For example, the principal terrorist says, “Wherever poor men are gathered, they can find Jews getting fat. You know how to cheat the simple, exploit the virgin, pollute where you have exploited, defame those you cheated, and break your own law with idolatry.”

At one stage, the terrorist leader says to Klinghoffer, “America is one big Jew.”

The opening scene honors terrorists. It is set against a backdrop of graffiti on a wall proclaiming “Warsaw 1943, Bethlehem 2005,” implying a moral equivalence between the acts of the Nazis and current day Jews.

The Palestinians sing, “We are soldiers fighting a war. We are not criminals and we are not vandals but men of ideals.”

An excellent, short video titled “The Death of Klinghoffer - An Inappropriate ‘Opera’” has been produced by the organization Stand With Us. It illustrates the moral depravity of this opera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK60z5CFmfY&sns=tw

Many in the artistic world and in the mainstream press (e.g. the NYTimes and The New Yorker) have failed to see this opera as anti-Semitic.  They have defended it as “dialogue” on a difficult subject or on the basis of artistic freedom. 

Many people ask “What can I do as one individual” to stem the growing tide of anti-Semitic sentiment around the world?

One simple and concrete step that you can take is to call or email Peter Gelb, director of the Metropolitan Opera.  Tell him in your own words that you oppose the Met’s production of this anti-Semitic opera, and urge him to cancel its appearance at this venerable institution. You won’t be alone. In addition to thousands of individuals protesting this production, prestigious institutions are already abandoning the Met’s anti-Semitic Klinghoffer production. The Guggenheim Museum, which had scheduled as part of its “works and progress” series an event that would have included Metropolitan Opera performers performing excerpts from the “Klinghoffer” opera, has just announced a cancellation of its production.

We urge you to let your voice be heard now. Time is of the essence if we are to stop the production from going forward this season.         

Contact Information

Peter Gelb, Director

Metropolitan Opera

Lincoln Center

New York, NY  10023

(212) 799-3100, x2891

pgelb@metopera.org

I would also urge people to contact the opera’s major corporate and foundation donors listed below. For a complete donor list see here.

Toll Brothers, Inc.

250 Gibraltar Road
Horsham, PA 19044

Web site here
Phone directory here

The Neubauer Family Foundation

1800 Byberry Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

(The foundation does not appear to have a web site.)

Guidestar foundation overview page here

The Annenberg Foundation

2000 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 1000 South
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 209-4560

Web site here

Board of Directors page here

Contact page here
Vincent A. Stabile Foundation

1200 Gulf Shore Blvd. North

Naples, FL  34102

or

741 3rd Street, Suite D
Naples, FL 34102

(The foundation does not appear to have a web site and I could not find a phone number, including no listing with 411 Info. It is not clear if the foundation has been active since 2013 and it I was unable to determine which of the two addresses noted above was the most current.)

Guidestar foundation overview page here

Ah, there’s nothing like the sound of sopranos, mezzo sopranos, altos, tenors, and baritones singing a message of hate. And thanks to The Metropolitan Opera, fans won’t have to wait much longer to hear it because the opera company will be producing The Death of Klinghoffer this fall.

The sound of anti-Semitism was never more pitch perfect.

Per the Jewish Standard:

The Metropolitan Opera, despite vigorous opposition from many parts of the Jewish Community, is forging ahead with its plans to present the opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” during its Fall 2014 season.  After a campaign of letter writing, demonstrations, and articles in the Jewish press, the Met has refused to remove the opera from its schedule, offering only to “compromise” by cancelling its worldwide HD simulcast programs, but not the production at the Metropolitan Opera House itself.

This opera presents the takeover of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985 by Palestinian terrorists, and their murder of 69 year old, wheel-chair bound Leon Klinghoffer, as justified, not only by Palestinian grievances against Israel, but also by the alleged evil and exploitative actions of Jews against others around the world.  The terrorists are humanized and presented as freedom fighters, who have been forced by Jewish and Zionist oppression to take extreme actions.

In the opera’s libretto, there are passages that defame the Jews as a people. For example, the principal terrorist says, “Wherever poor men are gathered, they can find Jews getting fat. You know how to cheat the simple, exploit the virgin, pollute where you have exploited, defame those you cheated, and break your own law with idolatry.”

At one stage, the terrorist leader says to Klinghoffer, “America is one big Jew.”

The opening scene honors terrorists. It is set against a backdrop of graffiti on a wall proclaiming “Warsaw 1943, Bethlehem 2005,” implying a moral equivalence between the acts of the Nazis and current day Jews.

The Palestinians sing, “We are soldiers fighting a war. We are not criminals and we are not vandals but men of ideals.”

An excellent, short video titled “The Death of Klinghoffer - An Inappropriate ‘Opera’” has been produced by the organization Stand With Us. It illustrates the moral depravity of this opera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK60z5CFmfY&sns=tw

Many in the artistic world and in the mainstream press (e.g. the NYTimes and The New Yorker) have failed to see this opera as anti-Semitic.  They have defended it as “dialogue” on a difficult subject or on the basis of artistic freedom. 

Many people ask “What can I do as one individual” to stem the growing tide of anti-Semitic sentiment around the world?

One simple and concrete step that you can take is to call or email Peter Gelb, director of the Metropolitan Opera.  Tell him in your own words that you oppose the Met’s production of this anti-Semitic opera, and urge him to cancel its appearance at this venerable institution. You won’t be alone. In addition to thousands of individuals protesting this production, prestigious institutions are already abandoning the Met’s anti-Semitic Klinghoffer production. The Guggenheim Museum, which had scheduled as part of its “works and progress” series an event that would have included Metropolitan Opera performers performing excerpts from the “Klinghoffer” opera, has just announced a cancellation of its production.

We urge you to let your voice be heard now. Time is of the essence if we are to stop the production from going forward this season.         

Contact Information

Peter Gelb, Director

Metropolitan Opera

Lincoln Center

New York, NY  10023

(212) 799-3100, x2891

pgelb@metopera.org

I would also urge people to contact the opera’s major corporate and foundation donors listed below. For a complete donor list see here.

Toll Brothers, Inc.

250 Gibraltar Road
Horsham, PA 19044

Web site here
Phone directory here

The Neubauer Family Foundation

1800 Byberry Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

(The foundation does not appear to have a web site.)

Guidestar foundation overview page here

The Annenberg Foundation

2000 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 1000 South
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 209-4560

Web site here

Board of Directors page here

Contact page here
Vincent A. Stabile Foundation

1200 Gulf Shore Blvd. North

Naples, FL  34102

or

741 3rd Street, Suite D
Naples, FL 34102

(The foundation does not appear to have a web site and I could not find a phone number, including no listing with 411 Info. It is not clear if the foundation has been active since 2013 and it I was unable to determine which of the two addresses noted above was the most current.)

Guidestar foundation overview page here

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