In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum supports Met’s decision for dedicating the opening event for the season to supporting gay rights in Russia
In “Petition Wants Met’s Gala Dedicated to Gay Rights” (Arts pages, Aug. 20), Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, asserts that those who demand that the opening event for the Met’s season be dedicated to supporting gay rights in Russia are “barking up the wrong tree.”
Draconian antigay laws are being passed in Russia this summer. The Metropolitan Opera has a history of benefit performances for disaster victims and commemorating world events with powerful artistic gestures. What better way for the Met to make a statement about its support of gay human rights than at a night featuring the work of Tchaikovsky, whose life was destroyed out of shame and despair as a closeted gay man?