The Revision of Klinghoffer
One of the reasons for the Jewish outcry against The Death of Klinghoffer, which was mentioned in The Week (July 21), was the original final scene, in which Klinghoffer’s neighbors in the town where he lived discuss the great deal Klinghoffer got on the cruise on which he was murdered by Palestinian terrorists. The neighbors do not yet know of the murder. This scene is a slur against Jews in general, not just Israelis, as being unduly interested in money. At the time The Death of Klinghoffer premiered, Frank Rich, in the New York Times, blasted the opera, mentioning this scene. It was later removed from the opera, but its original existence discredits the idea that the composer and librettist were neutral or balanced.