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Production Team

Production: Tom Morris
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Jean Kalman
Video Designer: Finn Ross
Sound Designer: Mark Grey
Choreographer: Arthur Pita


Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2014-15 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.

The Death of Klinghoffer

Approximate running time 2 hrs. 50 min.

In what many John Adams admirers consider his greatest operatic composition, the Met’s new production premieres almost 30 years after the events chronicled in this work about the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship and the horrific killing of one of its passengers. Klinghoffer overwhelmed audiences when it premiered just a few years after the tragic incident; now it finally arrives at the Met—the third work by Adams (Doctor Atomic, Nixon in China) to be staged here in the last seven years. Paulo Szot stars in the leading role, and David Robertson conducts this powerful new production by director Tom Morris (War Horse).

Read the New York Times review of The Death of Klinghoffer here

View The Death of Klinghoffer libretto here

For more photos, audio and video clips, visit our Klinghoffer mini-site

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera

Production a gift of two anonymous donors, in honor of John Adams


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

All performances for this production have passed, and tickets are no longer available.