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Nixon in China

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John Adams’s groundbreaking work vividly brings to life President Nixon’s 1972 visit to communist China. Peter Sellars’s Met production, based on his 1987 world-premiere staging, features choreography by Mark Morris and stars James Maddalena as Nixon, Robert Brubaker as Chairman Mao, Janis Kelly as First Lady Pat Nixon, Russell Braun as Chinese Premier Chou En-lai, and Kathleen Kim as Chiang Ch’ing, Mao’s wife. From the pomp of the public displays to the intimacy of the protagonists most private moments, Adams, Sellars, and librettist Alice Goodman reveal the real characters behind the headlines in this landmark American opera.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Feb 12, 2011

Composer

John Adams

Librettist

Alice Goodman

Run Time

2 HRS 56 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

Cast & Creative

Conductor
John Adams
Chiang Ch'ing
Kathleen Kim
Pat Nixon
Janis Kelly
Mao Tse-tung
Robert Brubaker
Chou En-lai
Russell Braun
Richard Nixon
James Maddalena