Nixon in China
Composer: John Adams
Librettist: Alice Goodman
Other Artistic Personnel: Peter Sellars (Stage Director)
Mark Morris (Choreographer)
John DeMain (Conductor)
Adrienne Lobel (Set Designer)
Dunya Ramicova (Costume Designer)
Original Cast: Sanford Sylvan (Chou En-lai)
James Maddalena (Richard Nixon)
Thomas Hammons (Henry Kissinger)
Mari Opatz (Nancy T'ang, 1st secretary to Mao)
Stephanie Friedman (2nd secretary to Mao)
Marion Dry (3rd secretary to Mao)
John Duykers (Mao Tse-tung)
Carolann Page (Pat Nixon)
Trudy Ellen Craney (Chiang Ch'ing)
Steven Ochoa (Hung Ch'ang-Ch'ing)
Heather Toma (Wu Ching-hua)
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Premiere Date: October 22, 1987
Producing Company: Houston Grand Opera
Description: It is February 1972, and Nixon arrives in Peking on The Spirit of '76 with his wife, Pat, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to begin their historic meeting with Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Premier Chou En-lai. Nixon establishes the priorities of his journey as symbolic and tied to public image back home, while the Chinese have a more philosophical view toward politics and history. The same evening, these philosophical disagreements are temporarily forgotten as the President and his entourage are treated to a lavish banquet.

While Act I is mostly about the men in the opera, Act II places a greater emphasis on the women of the story. Act II begins with Pat Nixon's tour of a commune and the Summer Palace. Later, everyone, including Mao's wife, Chiang Ch'ing, gathers together to watch a contemporary political Chinese ballet, The Red Detachment of Women. In the ballet, real events and fantasy merge together; the scene ends with Mao's wife presenting her views on the Chinese Revolution and her place in history.

In the last scene Kissinger, the Nixons, Chou En-lai, and Mao and his wife reminisce about events in their lives that have shaped them as individuals.
Character List (Major): Chou En-lai (bar)
Richard Nixon (bar)
Henry Kissinger (b-bar)
Nancy T'ang, First Secretary to Mao (mz)
Mao Tse-tung (t)
Pat Nixon (lyr s)
Chiang Ch'ing, Madame Mao Tse-tung (col sop)
Character List (Minor): Second Secretary to Mao(mz)
Third Secretary to Mao(mz)
Reviews: International Herald Tribune, David Stevens, 12-18-91; Art in America, Joan Acocella, 4-88; The New York Times, Will Crutchfield, 4-3-88; Harvard Magazine, Karen Monson, 1-88; The New York Times, Will Crutchfield, 12-15-87; The Globe and Mail, Robert Everett-Green, 12-10-87; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 12-10-87; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 12-6-87; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 11-30-87; The New York Times, Diane Solway, 11-29-87; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 11-14-87; Time, Michael Walsh, 11-9-87; New York, Peter G. Davis, 11-9-87; Ovation, Nancy Malitz, 10-87; The Wall Street Journal, Manuela Hoelterhoff, 10-29-87; The New York Times, Donal Henahan, 10-24-87; San Francisco Chronicle, Robert Commanday, 10-24-87.
Video Clip:
Length: 02:57
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB Chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl(2 picc), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 3 cl(Ebcl), 4 sax (s, 2a, bar), 3 tpt, 3 tbn - perc(BD, pedal BD, wdbl, susp cym, SD, sandpaper blocks, tamb, hi-hat, TD, sizzle cym, glsp, slapping sound, tgl, sleigh bells) - 2 elec pf - synth or sampler (Kurzweil K2000) - str(min 6 vln 1, 6 vln 2, 4 vla, 4 vc, 2 db)
Ballet/Dance: Ballet (min 8)
Musical Style: Post-minimalist; lyrical; references to American popular music, jazz, and swing.
Contact: Hendon Music / Boosey & Hawkes
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Phone: 212-358-5300
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The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2005 Audience Development Project
Project Name: NIXON IN CHINA - Audience Development
Awardee: Minnesota Opera, The
Director: James Robinson
Conductor: Antony Walker
Schedule of Performances Listings
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - San Diego Opera Association
Nixon in China (Adams)
Friday, June 8, 2012 - San Francisco Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Friday, March 16, 2012 - Eugene Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Canadian Opera Company
Nixon in China (Adams)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - Metropolitan Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, March 20, 2010 - Long Beach Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Vancouver Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, June 7, 2008 - Opera Colorado
Nixon in China (Adams)
Thursday, July 12, 2007 - Cincinnati Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - Chicago Opera Theater
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, March 25, 2006 - Portland Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Sunday, May 15, 2005 - Minnesota Opera
Nixon in China (Adams)
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Nixon in China (Adams)
Saturday, February 29, 1992 - State Opera of South Australia
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