Company:Canadian Opera Company
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Director & Conductor
DirectorJames Robinson
ChoreographerSean Curran
ConductorPablo Heras-Casado
Chorus MasterSandra Horst


Cast
Chou En-laiChen-Ye Yuan
Henry KissingerThomas Hammons
Madame MaoTracy Dahl
Mao Tze-TungAdrian Thompson
NixonRobert Orth
Pat NixonMaria Kanyova


Design Team
Scenic DesignerAllen Moyer
Costume DesignerJames Schuette
performance datesmatinee
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Nixon in China
Composer: John Adams

Librettist: Alice Goodman, Alice Goodman
Synopsis
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.

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