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The Death of Klinghoffer (2003)

An adaptation from the John Adams opera on the true life incident that took place in the mid 80s.




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Christopher Maltman ...
Yvonne Howard ...
Tom Randle ...
Kamel Boutros ...
Leigh Melrose ...
Emil Marwa ...
Susan Bickley ...
Omar (singing voice)
Vivian Tierney ...
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Dean Robinson ...
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Kirsten Blaise ...
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Nuala Willis ...
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An adaptation from the John Adams opera on the true life incident that took place in the mid 80s.

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The Death of Linghoffer
Music by John Adams
Libretto by Alice Goodman
Conducted by John Adams
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An impressive film but a strange operatic experience
28 January 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A strong, location filmed movie of Adams' controversial opera. The American/British cast act with commendable moderation given that they are all stage animals (the tendency is to be over demonstrative on stage, but that doesn't transfer here).

Chief amongst that cast is a gripping layered performance from Thomas Randle, really doing justice to his character. The other principals work hard under the odd circumstances - one always has to suspend belief watching such a 'staging' that the cast are miming to a pre-recorded soundtrack. Ultimately I find this letter process hard and, allied to my lukewarm feeling for the music I'm left with a sense of admiration rather than engagement. 5/10

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