Nixon in China - San Francisco Opera (2012) - Nixon in China - San Francisco Opera (2012)

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  • Production title :Nixon in China - San Francisco Opera (2012)
  • Creation date :08/06/2012
  • Work - Composer :Nixon in China - John Adams
  • Opera house :San Francisco Opera


John Adams’ rhythmically rich recreation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece makes its long-awaited Bay Area stage premiere. Michael Cavanagh’s “brilliantly effective” staging (Vancouver Sun) will feature Brian Mulligan, whose rich baritone thrilled audiences in San Francisco Opera’s Faust (2010) andWerther (2010), in the title role. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, will lead the orchestra. “What commands attention in the Nixon score is, quite simply, melody” (The New York Times).

More information on the San Francisco Opera website.


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July 03, 2012 19:30:00


Brian Mulligan

Chen-Ye Yuan

Simon O’Neill

Hye Jung Lee

Maria Kanyova

Patrick Carfizzi

Hye Jung Lee

Work's characters list

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Pat Nixon

Henry Kissinger

Jiang Qing (Madame Mao Zedong)