English National Opera’s video designer, Finn Ross, reveals some of his tricks in a new clip for The Death of Klinghoffer, backed by an achingly beautiful aria.
“We needed to represent the world on the boat in a way which echoes the watery poetry of the music which is epic and beautiful, especially in the choruses. We did a lot of research into how we could recreate the experience of cruising the open seas within the theatre and discovered a boat in the Canary Islands which would allow us to film onboard. This was perfect as the weather there is very similar to the conditions the Achille Lauro would have been sailing in.”
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Elsewhere, the huffing and puffing of media rabbi Shmuley Boteach has been picked up by various newspapers as testimony of the opera’s anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-human nature. Shmuley also has a wacko new book to promote. It’s called ‘Kosher Jesus’.
The young Australian baritone Andrew Finden has been wrestling with the issues and the director Tom Morris describes the operas as being ‘pretty fearless in inhabiting different contradictory positions.’
We have also been sent a link to an important essay by Robert Fink on the 1991 US premiere of Klinghoffer, a perceptive analysis of one of the lesser themes of the opera – the question of an American-Jewish identity.