The concept of the opera originated with theatre director Peter Sellars, who was a major collaborator, as was choreographer Mark Morris. It was commissioned by five American and European opera companies, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The opera has generated controversy, including allegations by Klinghoffer's two daughters and others that the opera is antisemitic and glorifies terrorism. The work's creators and others have disputed these criticisms
The Captain - James Maddalena
Leon Klinghoffer - Sanford
Marilyn Klinghoffer - Sanford Sylvan
Kent Nagano - conductor
Orchestra of the Opera De Lyon