The Metropolitan Opera, which is scheduled to host the anti-American, anti-Semitic opera Death of Klinghoffer, received a $1,000,000 grant from the US State Department in 2010.
This award is a sign of recognition of the high quality, depth, and rigor of the Guild’s innovative arts-education programs,” said Richard J. Miller, Jr., president of the Metropolitan Opera Guild at the time. “Thanks to the Department of Education, we will be able to bring the Guild’s partnership model of opera-based arts learning to under-resourced public schools that will really benefit from it.”
As Daniel Greenfeld noted at FrontPageMag, "The Metropolitan Opera has been having serious financial problems. Its programs regularly mention support from public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Its website mentions help from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs."
He also pointed out that "The Arts website shows six figure funding going to the Metropolitan Opera every year under General Opera Support. There are also other grants. That means that when a terrorist screams about the Jews on stage, he’ll be doing it with funding from New York taxpayers."
The Death of Klinghoffer tells the story of wheelchair-bound WWII veteran and American citizen Leon Klinghoffer who was brutally murdered and then thrown off of the side of the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985 by Palestinian terrorists. However the play sympathizes with terrorists and attempts to humanize them. Klinghoffer's daughters have said that the play "takes a heinous terrorist event and rationalizes, legitimizes, and explains it. There is no way that this terrorist murder can or should be presented in a balanced manner."
The opera is scheduled to be broadcast in more than 2,000 theaters in 66 countries, including more than 700 U.S. theaters.