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Director & Conductor
DirectorJames Robinson
Revival DirectorKevin Newbury
ChoreographerSean Curran
Music DirectorAlexander Platt


Cast
Chou en LaiChen-Ye Yuan
Henry KissingerKyle Albertson
Madame MaoKathleen Kim
Mao Tze-TungLuis Yo
Nancy T'angSarah Mattox
NixonRobert Orth
Pat NixonMaria Kanyova
Second SecretaryMaia Surace
Third SecretaryReverie Mott Berger


Design Team
Scenic DesignerAllen Moyer
Costume DesignerJames Schuette
Lighting DesignerPaul Palazzo
performance datesmatinee
Friday, May 5, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
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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