Company:Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
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Director & Conductor
DirectorJames Robinson
Music DirectorMarin Alsop

Design Team
Scenic DesignerAllen Moyer
Costume DesignerJames Schuette
performance datesmatinee
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Friday, June 18, 2004
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Saturday, June 26, 2004
Nixon in China
Composer: John Adams

Librettist: Alice Goodman, Alice Goodman
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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