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Director & Conductor
ChoreographerMark Morris
DirectorPeter Sellars
ConductorJohn Adams


Cast
Chiang Ch'ingKathleen Kim
Chou En-laiRussell Braun
Henry KissingerRichard Paul Fink
Mao Tze-TungRobert Brubaker
NixonJames Maddalena
Pat NixonJanis Kelly


Design Team
Scenic DesignerAdrianne Lobel
Costume DesignerDunya Ramicova
Lighting DesignerJames F. Ingalls
performance datesmatinee
Wednesday, February 2, 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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