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The Death of Klinghoffer

Opens: 25/02/2012 Closes: 09/03/2012 ENO London Coliseum
Widely regarded as his finest work, this politically charged opera by American composer John Adams makes for compelling documentary viewing too. Religious conflict underpins the story, based on the killing of a Jewish-American tourist by Palestinian militants aboard a cruise liner in 1985. For more information visit: http://www.klinghoffer.co.uk/ Buy: http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?&itemid=1664
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Opera Britannia“Beautiful and utterly poignant...” This is not an opera about politics; it is rather an extraordinary meditation on human conflict, the symbolism of sacrifice and raises questions of collective responsibility
 
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The Observer“A significant triumph...” Adams's score, often slow, elegiac, drawing on a tradition of Bach Passions rather than grand opera, is one of his best...
 
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The Telegraph“The pace is slow, the mood meditative...” Tom Morris’s confident and unpretentious new production for ENO makes the strongest case yet for experiencing the piece live and fully enacted...
 
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The Independent“Embraces the personal as opposed to the political...” The piece feels more oratorio than docu-drama and in that sense Tom Morris always had his work cut out for him. To his credit he keeps it simple with designer Tom Pye's huge moving panels cleverly absorbing those oceanic projections...
 
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The Arts Desk“Admirably brave and sympathetic stand...” The work was labelled controversial and offensive. Last night it received its London debut. Controversial? Offensive? Not half as much as many have claimed...
 
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The Stage“Combines sensitivity with imagination...” For a piece constructed around a notorious act of violence, Klinghoffer is surprisingly static - often more like an oratorio than an opera...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“A ripely polarising project...” Though my own reaction was lukewarm at best, the company can be proud of it. A cannily-chosen creative team has shown care, flair and enterprise...
 
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Evening Standard“A uniformly strong cast...” The Death of Klinghoffer is a brave and important work tackling one of the most intractable issues of contemporary world politics and it's difficult to imagine it much better done. Not to be missed...
 
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Guardian“It's a major achievement...” It's the absence of that narrative element in the text, and the effect that has on the music which Adams composed, that robs the work of a real dramatic spine...
 
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