Nixon 'Snubbed Bernstein Opera Over Secret Opera Message'
Former U.S. president RICHARD NIXON boycotted a performance of LEONARD BERNSTEIN's opera MASS in 1971, because he feared the composer would use lyrics to embarrass him, according to Bernstein's daughter.
Jamie Bernstein claims the F.B.I. tipped Nixon off about a supposed secret message in the opera, that referenced the Vietnam War, which was waging at the time.
Bernstein tells Town + Country magazine, "(It was claimed) there was a secret message disguised in Latin for the express purpose of embarrassing him."
She adds of the line - Dona nobis pacem, meaning give us peace - "It was just a line in the standard liturgical text of the Catholic Mass. But I guess you can't blame the Nixon administration for squirming."