5 Sep 2012, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2012 Prom 72: John Adams – Nixon in China

Prom 72: John Adams – Nixon in China
Prom 72: John Adams – Nixon in China
19:00 Wed 5 Sep 2012 Royal Albert Hall
John Adams conducts his own Nixon in China, based on the US premier’s 1972 Beijing visit, and creating the ‘docu-opera’ genre.
John Adams conducts his own Nixon in China, based on the US premier’s 1972 Beijing visit, and creating the ‘docu-opera’ genre.

Programme

Performers

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

Composers

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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