Re-producing Klinghoffer: Opera and Arab Identity before and after 9/11

  title={Re-producing Klinghoffer: Opera and Arab Identity before and after 9/11},
  author={Ruth Sara Longobardi},
  journal={Journal of the Society for American Music},
  pages={273 - 310}
  • R. Longobardi
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Art
  • Journal of the Society for American Music
Abstract John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer stages the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. This essay proposes that the representations of Palestinian hijackers in three different productions show the opera reinventing itself before and after 9/11, when Arab identity hovers ambiguously in the U.S. Imaginary. Analyses focus in particular on distinct forms of collaboration among artists and media. In 1991 thorny associations among media produce an ambiguous Arab subject that… 
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