The Death of Klinghoffer

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Adams’s controversial opera, with libretto by Alice Goodman, addresses the 1985 terrorist hijacking of the Achille Lauro ocean liner. Following its 1991, Peter Sellarsdirected premiere, the New York Times said the work “transmutes contemporary history into operatic poetry.”

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The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

Adams’s controversial opera, with libretto by Alice Goodman, addresses the 1985 terrorist hijacking of the Achille Lauro ocean liner. Following its 1991, Peter Sellarsdirected premiere, the New York Times said the work “transmutes contemporary history into operatic poetry.” The Los Angeles Times' Mark Swed calls it "a haunting and meaningful meditation on terrorism, its roots and causes," and The New Statesman says it's "an intense and solemn St. Matthew Passion for the late 20th century."

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
The premiere performances of The Death of Klinghoffer took place at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels (March 19, 1991), the Opéra de Lyon (April 13, 1991), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (September 5, 1991).
Music by John Adams
Libretto by Alice Goodman
Peter Sellars, director
Kent Nagano, musical director
Mark Morris, choreography
George Tsypin, set design
Dunya Ramicova, costume design
James F. Ingalls, lighting design
Jonathan Deans, sound design
John Boesche, projection design

FIRST RECORDING
Produced by John McClure
Recorded April and July 1991 at Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Lyon, France
Balance Engineer: John Newton
Recording Engineer: Henk Jansen
Recording and Editing Engineer: Everett Porter
Stage Sound Design: Jonathan Deans
Stage Production Sound Engineer: Graham Carmichael
Audio Assistant: Susan Presson
Production Coordinator: Kathryn King

Design by John Heiden
Cover photo by Joel Meyerowitz

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Nonesuch Selection Number

79281

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2discs
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John Adams
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MUSICIANS
Cast (in order of appearance):

The Captain: James Maddalena
The First Officer / “Rambo”: Thomas Hammons
Swiss Grandmother / Austrian Woman / British Dancing Girl: Janice Felty
Molqi: Thomas Young
Mamoud: Eugene Perry
Leon Klinghoffer: Sanford Sylvan
Omar: Stephanie Friedman
Marilyn Klinghoffer: Sheila Nadler

Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon
Kent Nagano, musical director and conductor

The London Opera Chorus
Richard Cooke, director

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075597928129BUN
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603497121168
  • 79281

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News & Reviews

  • "John’s music is about promise and progress," Julia Bullock writes in her note in the new 40-disc box set John Adams Collected Works. "It comments on the inherent threat of exploiting power while embodying it. There’s fire and fragility, placed alongside organized form and frequency. I love John’s music. I love singing it, learning from it. And I love listening to it." You can read her complete note from the box set here.

  • "My friendship is with the private John," Nonesuch’s longtime President and current Chairman Emeritus Bob Hurwitz writes in the new 40-disc box set John Adams Collected Works, "but it is never far from my mind that I am with the man who wrote Doctor Atomic and Nixon in China, Harmonielehre and Naive and Sentimental Music, Scheherazade.2 and Shaker Loops." You can read his complete note from the box set here.

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  • About This Album

    The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

    Adams’s controversial opera, with libretto by Alice Goodman, addresses the 1985 terrorist hijacking of the Achille Lauro ocean liner. Following its 1991, Peter Sellarsdirected premiere, the New York Times said the work “transmutes contemporary history into operatic poetry.” The Los Angeles Times' Mark Swed calls it "a haunting and meaningful meditation on terrorism, its roots and causes," and The New Statesman says it's "an intense and solemn St. Matthew Passion for the late 20th century."

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Cast (in order of appearance):

    The Captain: James Maddalena
    The First Officer / “Rambo”: Thomas Hammons
    Swiss Grandmother / Austrian Woman / British Dancing Girl: Janice Felty
    Molqi: Thomas Young
    Mamoud: Eugene Perry
    Leon Klinghoffer: Sanford Sylvan
    Omar: Stephanie Friedman
    Marilyn Klinghoffer: Sheila Nadler

    Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon
    Kent Nagano, musical director and conductor

    The London Opera Chorus
    Richard Cooke, director

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    The premiere performances of The Death of Klinghoffer took place at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels (March 19, 1991), the Opéra de Lyon (April 13, 1991), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (September 5, 1991).
    Music by John Adams
    Libretto by Alice Goodman
    Peter Sellars, director
    Kent Nagano, musical director
    Mark Morris, choreography
    George Tsypin, set design
    Dunya Ramicova, costume design
    James F. Ingalls, lighting design
    Jonathan Deans, sound design
    John Boesche, projection design

    FIRST RECORDING
    Produced by John McClure
    Recorded April and July 1991 at Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Lyon, France
    Balance Engineer: John Newton
    Recording Engineer: Henk Jansen
    Recording and Editing Engineer: Everett Porter
    Stage Sound Design: Jonathan Deans
    Stage Production Sound Engineer: Graham Carmichael
    Audio Assistant: Susan Presson
    Production Coordinator: Kathryn King

    Design by John Heiden
    Cover photo by Joel Meyerowitz

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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