Sat 11 October 2008, Financial Times

‘Doctor Atomic’ at the Met

By George Loomis
Opinions differ over which of John Adams’s three full-length operas is the best – but the most problematic is surely The Death of Klinghoffer , which is about the terrorist murder of a disabled Jewish-American on a hijacked Italian cruise ship in 1985. That is why Penny Woolcock’s 2003 film version of the opera created such a stir. Its intense realism forced people to ponder an unspeakable act of violence and how it could come about.