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The Death of Klinghoffer

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John Coolidge Adams


Alice Goodman


March 19th 1991, Brussels (Théâtre de la Monnaie)




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About the opera The Death of Klinghoffer

The Death of Klinghoffer is an American opera, with music by John Adams to an English-language libretto by Alice Goodman. First produced in Brussels and New York in 1991, the opera is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. The concept of the opera originated with theatre director Peter Sellars, who was a major collaborator, as was the choreographer Mark Morris. It was commissioned by five American and European opera companies, as well as the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The prologue to the opera consists of two choruses, the "Chorus of Exiled Palestinians" and the "Chorus of Exiled Jews", each of which is a general reflection about the respective peoples and their history.
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Roles in The Death of Klinghoffer

The Captain of the Achille Lauro Baritone
The First Officer Bass-Baritone
Swiss grandmother Mezzo-Soprano
Austrian woman Mezzo-Soprano
British dancing girl Mezzo-Soprano
Molqi Tenor
Mamoud Baritone
Leon Klinghoffer Baritone

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Mrs. Klinghoffer's Aria Popularity:

Opera: Death of Klinghoffer, TheComposer: AdamsAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English