Nixon in China at the San Diego Opera
A whirlwind diplomatic trip that changed the world as we know it.
Live through the experience as Nixon in China plays musical witness to the “week that changed the world” at the San Diego Opera this month. Perhaps one of the most groundbreaking and influential operas in recent history, this American classic explores universal themes such as the dance between idealism and pragmatism, our private and public selves, and American mythology versus the down and dirty historical details.
The first opera by composer John Adams, Nixon in China chronicles President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing in 1972 and goodwill meetings with China’s Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Premier Chou En-Lai. Before it happened, this trip was impossible to imagine. Whether you love or hate him, Nixon’s trip to China was a pivotal turning point in the history of the Cold War. Dramatizing the headlines and live news broadcasts of the day, the opera’s highlights include a toast-filled banquet scene where every toast tries to outdo another, Chinese dancers, and a fantasy scene with Kissinger.
Presenting Franco Pomponi as Nixon, Chad Shelton as Mao, and Patrick Carfizzi as Henry Kissinger in their company debuts, plus returning San Diego Opera favorite Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao Tse-Tung. Visit San Diego Opera for the full cast list, performance times, and tickets.
Be sure to get your tickets soon, before this groundbreaking opera sells out! Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the San Diego Opera, every encounter will feel like your first and make you fall in love with the sounds and sights all over again. Thanks to the continued support of the San Diego community, the 2014-2015 celebrates 50 years of exceptional vocal performances and exciting programs, and a future bright with even more great moments.
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