English National Opera - The Death of Klinghoffer Reviews
19 April 2021
Christopher Magiera, Richard Burkhard
Edwin Vega, Michaela Martens, Alan Opie
Christopher Magiera
Alan Opie, Michaela Martens

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The Death of Klinghoffer

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 25

Un tal Klinghoffer ...
20 Mar 12 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The Death of Klinghoffer, ENO, Seven magazine review John Adams's political opera has waited 20 years for its London premiere – would that it had bee
9 Mar 12 / Telegraph
Premieren-Trio in London
9 Mar 12 / Wiener Zeitung
This work is well executed, if not instantly loveable
8 Mar 12 / Londonist
Though not a perfect production, it’s still a worthy one
6 Mar 12 / So So Gay
Progress, at last
6 Mar 12 / New Statesman
Poème de la mort et de la mer
6 Mar 12 / Forum Opéra
This is probably the right production at the right time
6 Mar 12 / Los Angeles Times
The London premiere staging was a significant triumph for English National Opera
4 Mar 12 / The Observer
A solitary protester dogs the long-awaited staging of a 20-year-old opera
4 Mar 12 / Independent on Sunday
We take our seat to see the controversial opera, and wish we hadn't
2 Mar 12 / The Jewish Chronicle
The most satisfying of ENO's recent new productions
1 Mar 12 / Musical Pointers
A four or five star performance of a two star opera
1 Mar 12 / Express
Brönnimann brought a real clarity to some of Adams' harmonic and textural details
1 Mar 12 / Musical Criticism
This is not an opera about politics
29 Feb 12 / Opera Britannia
Terrorists push elderly Jew overboard in ‘Klinghoffer’
28 Feb 12 / Bloomberg
Good on ENO for recognising the right to give everyone a voice
27 Feb 12 / Independent
A major achievement
27 Feb 12 / The Guardian
The company can be proud of it
27 Feb 12 / What's on Stage
For those expecting the grandeur and expansiveness of Nixon in China, Klinghoffer is a much more oblique, less confident affair
27 Feb 12 / Classical Source
Death of Klinghoffer lacks cogency despite ENO’s outstanding production
27 Feb 12 / Seen and Heard
This controversial opera shows John Adams at his best – and ought to be seen
27 Feb 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
The Death of Klinghoffer is serious stuff
27 Feb 12 / Telegraph
It's difficult to imagine it much better done
27 Feb 12 / Evening Standard
Morris’ staging combines sensitivity with imagination
27 Feb 12 / The Stage
In praise of … The Death of Klinghoffer
John Adams' opera is a serious, beautiful and nuanced work that engages with one of the intractable tragedies of our era.
The Death of Klinghoffer: terrorism on the high seas
The Death of Klinghoffer, in which the portrayal of the killing of an elderly Jew aroused controversy, still has the power to shock on the eve of a new staging by English National Opera.
Klinghoffer: don't forget to listen to the music
The controversy surrounding interpretations of John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer looks set to continue with ENO's new production. But amid all the debate and protests, don't overlook the music.
ENO faces protest over 'pro-terrorist' hijacking opera
It is one of the most controversial musical works ever written, described by critics as “anti-Semitic” and “romanticising terrorism”.
The Death of Klinghoffer
Does the English National Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' romanticize terror?
Alice Goodman: The furore that finished me
Two decades ago, Alice Goodman wrote the libretto to The Death of Klinghoffer, an opera about a Jewish American murdered by Palestinian terrorists. It ended her career. Does she have any regrets?
Production details
Presland, Magiera, Cleverton, Schaufer, Vega, Harries, Opie, Outlaw, Miller-Heidke, Martens
(c) Brönnimann (d) Morris
Performance dates
25, 28 February, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 March 2012
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