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Nixon in China (Feb. 12, 2011)

Composer: John Adams
Librettist: Alice Goodman

Adams; Kim, Kelly, Brubaker, Braun, Maddalena

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 56 min.

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.