August 22 on Nine’s Living St. Louis

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis Performs The Death of Klinghoffer


St. Louis, MOAugust 15, 2011—An emotional blend of controversy and simplicity, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ recent production of The Death of Klinghoffer is featured in an hour-long Living St. Louis special airing on Nine PBS on Monday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. and again Saturday, August 27 at 3:30 p.m. 

Since its 1991 theatrical debut, The Death of Klinghoffer had not been staged in America until last month. In addition to performance highlights, Living St. Louis producer Ruth Ezell goes behind the scenes of the production and shows community engagement events associated with composer John Adams’ thought-provoking operatic work. Ezell hopes this special provides viewers with “a broader perspective on theatre craft and theater as an agent of discussion, controversy, catharsis and healing.” 

The Death of Klinghoffer, directed by James Robinson and conducted by Michael Christie, was taped at the Loretto-Hilton Center in June 2011. The show follows events surrounding the death of Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound Jewish-American man who was shot by Palestinian terrorists and thrown overboard during the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. Brian Mulligan and Nancy Maultsby star as Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer.  

A short preview of Living St. Louis: The Death of Klinghoffer can be found here: 

Episodes of the Nine Network’s weekly series Living St. Louis are streamed online after broadcast at 

Every week the Nine Network brings to St. Louis audiences a broad range of arts programs spanning a diversity of cultures, interests and tastes. Living St. Louis is part of Nine’s ongoing coverage of the arts in St. Louis. This episode of Living St. Louis and performing arts programming on the Nine Network are sponsored by PNC Bank. 

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