Wednesday 5 September 2012
7.00pm – c10.25pm
Royal Albert Hall

Choral music and opera

  • John Adams

    Nixon in China (180 mins) semi-staged
    • Kathleen Kim soprano, Madame Mao
    • Alan Oke tenor, Chairman Mao
    • Gerald Finley bass-baritone, Chou En-Lai
    • Robert Orth baritone, President Nixon
    • Jessica Rivera soprano, Pat Nixon
    • James Rutherford bass-baritone, Kissinger
    • Stephanie Marshall mezzo-soprano, Secretary
    • Louise Poole mezzo-soprano, Secretary
    • Susan Platts mezzo-soprano, Secretary
    • BBC Singers
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • John Adams conductor
    • Paul Curran stage director

About this event

Alice Goodman’s poetic, intensely original libretto is based on Richard and Pat Nixon’s historic three-day visit to China in 1972. Protagonists viewed initially as transcendent iconic figures are not so much satirised as seen for what they are.

The score pounds away eclectically with nods to Broadway and rock, Minimalism and Igor Stravinsky, but there’s no mistaking the identity of the composer, who joins us tonight, nor the colour and brilliance of one of the iconic works of our time.

There will be two intervals


Discover the Music

Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Tom Service talks about John Adams's Nixon in China.

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