Opera as ‘Information’: The Dramaturgy of The Death of Klinghoffer

  title={Opera as ‘Information’: The Dramaturgy of The Death of Klinghoffer},
  author={John Ginman},
  journal={Contemporary Theatre Review},
  pages={51 - 59}
  • John Ginman
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Art
  • Contemporary Theatre Review
The Death of Klinghoffer is one of the most undervalued operas of the last 20 years. First performed in Brussels on 19 March 1991, it is the second collaboration between composer John Adams, librettist Alice Goodman and director Peter Sellars. 1 It has attracted much hostile criticism, both on account of its alleged pro-Palestinian bias and of its supposedly unconvincing dramaturgy. The recent Channel 4 film of the opera, directed by Penny Woolcock and first screened on television in May 2003… 
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Genre, Narration, and Meditation in 'The Death of Klinghoffer'
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