Friday, February 24, 2012
John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer" Receives London Premiere in ENO Production Directed by Tom Morris
The opera and the ENO production were recently featured on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters. Adams and Goodman talk with host Tom Service about the controversial opera and the reception previous productions have met. (Goodman discusses this further and the impact it had on her personally in an article in the Guardian.) Service also heads to the ENO rehearsal space to talk with Morris and Brönniman about their vision for Klinghoffer in its new production at English National Opera, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later this year. Listen to episode at bbc.co.uk.
Tom Morris also discusses the opera in the video trailer from ENO below, featuring music from the original Nonesuch recording of The Death of Klinghoffer and footage from the 2003 Channel 4 film adaptation by director Penny Woolcock. Morris, reflecting on the opera's controversial subject matter, recommends that audiences give its creators "the space to explore that conflict and both sides of it across the whole evening, because, in the end, it is, I think, powerfully even-handed. But in order to be so, it's very vivid in allowing its characters to express their side of the argument. And I think that's how we understand things, and I think that we understand more about that conflict and other conflicts by trusting the instincts of Alice Goodman as librettist and John Adams as composer in response to those events."
Hear more of what Morris has to say in the ENO trailer here:
For more information and tickets, go to eno.org.