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Director & Conductor
DirectorMichael Cavanagh
ChoreographerWen Wei Wang
ConductorLawrence Renes
Chorus MasterIan Robertson


Cast
Chou En-laiChen-Ye Yuan
Henry KissingerPatrick Carfizzi
Madame MaoHye Jung Lee
Mao Tze-TungSimon O'Neill
NixonBrian Mulligan
Pat NixonMaria Kanyova


Design Team
Scenic DesignerErhard Rom
Lighting DesignerHarry Frehner
Costume DesignerParvin Mirhady
performance datesmatinee
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
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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