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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.


Penny Woolcock


Alice Goodman (libretto)
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Credited cast:
Sanford Sylvan ... Klinghoffer
Christopher Maltman Christopher Maltman ... Captain
Yvonne Howard Yvonne Howard ... Marilyn Klinghoffer
Tom Randle Tom Randle ... Molqui
Kamel Boutros Kamel Boutros ... Mamoud
Houda Echouafni ... Fatima
Leigh Melrose Leigh Melrose ... Rambo
Emil Marwa Emil Marwa ... Omar
Susan Bickley Susan Bickley ... Omar (singing voice)
Vivian Tierney Vivian Tierney ... Swiss Grandmother
Dean Robinson Dean Robinson ... First Officer
Kirsten Blaise Kirsten Blaise ... British Dancing Girl
Nuala Willis Nuala Willis ... Austrian Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Banks Peter Banks ... Bernie, American Hostage
Neil Bell ... Jim, British Hostage


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

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Drama | Music







Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Cyprus See more »

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The Death of Linghoffer
Music by John Adams
Libretto by Alice Goodman
Conducted by John Adams
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opera close up
25 November 2005 | by ldecolaSee all my reviews

Although I have enjoyed the few live and movie productions I have attended, I am not an opera fan, but as a musician I can appreciate its place as ultimate theater/music/art. As such, most operas - even made into movies - tend to feel like distant spectacles; we are the audience, perhaps invited on the stage, but still as spectators. This movie, however, offers us an opportunity to live within the action, even feeling part of the drama. The music is easy to listen to, the settings are realistic, and the singers are obviously masters of their craft; so whatever you feel about the plot or its treatment of the events/issues, I think you will get something positive from spending 2 hours on the Achille Lauro.

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