Met Opera Cancels Live Transmission Over Anti-Semitic Concerns

Met Opera Cancels Live Transmission Over Anti-Semitic Concerns
(New York, NY) -- Citing concerns over the spread of anti-Semitism, New York's Metropolitan Opera is pulling the plug on plans to live transmit the opera "The Death Of Klinghoffer" to movie theaters. The production is a retelling of the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985. The real-life event saw the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound American Jewish passenger, at the hands of Palestinian militants. While the Met's general manager says he doesn't believe the opera is anti-Semitic he believes there is genuine concern that a live transmission would be "inappropriate at this time of rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe."

Composer John Adams is not happy with the Met's decision. He says it goes against artistic freedom of expression. The live broadcast was originally set to grace movie screens around the world on November 15th. The actual staging of the opera is set to begin on October 20th in New York.