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‘Klinghoffer’ Protesters Flock To Met Opera House - NYTimes.com

People, some in wheelchairs, gather at Lincoln Center, with the Metropolitan Opera House in the background, as they protest "
People, some in wheelchairs, gather at Lincoln Center, with the Metropolitan Opera House in the background, as they protest "Death of Klinghoffer" Monday, Oct 20, 2014, in New York. American composer John Adams' opera has been a lightning rod since February, when it was first scheduled for this season. The first large demonstration came on the Met's Sept. 22 season opening night, featuring a Mozart work, when protesters jeered at arriving spectators. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

As the Metropolitan Opera began its first performance of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer" on Monday night, police officers were posted inside the opera house, protesters in wheelchairs lined Columbus Avenue, and opera had become the subject of a charged debate about art and Middle East politics that reverberated from City Hall to a large rally, several hundred strong, at Lincoln Center.

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