15 Dec Anthony Tommasini’s 10 Best Classical Music Events of 2014
‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ After all the controversy, and the demonstrations from hundreds of protesters, audiences at the Metropolitan Opera were finally able to hear “The Death of Klinghoffer” rather than just hear about it. In the Met’s grimly realistic production, by Tom Morris, the composer John Adams’s opera, with a libretto by Alice Goodman, came across as a searing yet ruminative work that explores a horrific event and the seething tensions behind it. David Robertson conducted magnificently. The only wrong call by Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, was canceling the live in HD telecast as a gesture of compromise to the Anti-Defamation League. Still, he and the Met deserve credit for presenting the opera, which, is, tragically, all too timely.