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Nixon in China (The Metropolitan Opera)
     

Nixon in China (The Metropolitan Opera)

Director: Peter Sellars

Cast: Ginger Costa-Jackson, Russell Braun, Teresa S. Herold

 
Originally mounted in Houston, Texas in 1987, John Adams's controversial opera Nixon in China recounted in heroic terms 37th U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972, as an effort to improve relations between the United States and the Communist Bloc and foster détente. Alice Goodman wrote the libretto, and Peter Sellars directed

Overview

Originally mounted in Houston, Texas in 1987, John Adams's controversial opera Nixon in China recounted in heroic terms 37th U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972, as an effort to improve relations between the United States and the Communist Bloc and foster détente. Alice Goodman wrote the libretto, and Peter Sellars directed for the stage. This 2011 production was mounted by the Metropolitan Opera, and stars James Maddalena as Richard Nixon, Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon, Richard Paul Fink as Henry Kissinger and Robert Brubaker as Mao Tse-Tung. Adrianne Lobel designed the sets, Dunya Ramicova created the costumes, and James F. Ingalls choreographed for the stage. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet provide accompaniment, with Adams conducting and Donald Palumbo serving as chorus master.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2012
UPC:
0075597960884
Original Release:
2011
Source:
Nonesuch
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:57:00
Sales rank:
26,186

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Costa-Jackson Second Secretary to Mao
Russell Braun Chou En-lai
Teresa S. Herold Third Secretary to Mao
Tamara Mumford Richard Nixon
James Maddalena Pat Nixon
Janis Kelly Henry Kissinger
Richard Paul Fink Mao Tse-tung
Robert Brubaker Chiang Ch'ing (Madame Mao Tse-tung)
Kathleen Kim Solo Dancer
Haruno Yamazaki Solo Dancer
Kanji Segawa Solo Dancer
Thomas Hampson Host

Technical Credits
Peter Sellars Director
Louisa Briccetti Producer
Peter Gelb Executive Producer
Mark Grey Sound/Sound Designer
Adrianne Lobel Set Decoration/Design
Mark Morris Choreography
Dunya Ramicova Costumes/Costume Designer
Victoria Warivonchik Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nixon in China
1. Opening Credits and Introduction by Thomas Hampson [2:15]
2. Introduction [3:52]
3. Soldiers of Heaven Hold the Sky [2:55]
4. The People Are the Heroes Now [4:39]
5. Your Flight Was Smooth, I Hope? [2:11]
6. News, News, News, News [5:15]
7. The Rats Begin to Chew the Sheets [2:02]
8. I Can't Talk Very Well [6:48]
9. You've Said That There's a Certain Well-Known Tree [2:50]
10. Founders Come First [4:42]
11. The World To Come Has Come [2:20]
12. We No Longer Need Confucius [3:32]
13. Like the Ming Tombs [5:40]
14. The Night Is Young [5:26]
15. Gam Bei! Gam Bei! [1:24]
16. Ladies and Gentlemen [7:19]
17. Mr. Premier, Distinguished Guests [6:47]
18. Interview with James Maddalena and Janis Kelly [2:30]
19. Interview with Peter Sellars [4:16]
20. Interview with Winston Lord and Adrianne Lobel [3:12]
21. Interview with John Adams [2:58]
22. I Don't Daydream and Don't Look Back [4:15]
23. Look Down, Look Down [:41]
24. This Little Elephant In Glass [1:24]
25. Look Down, Look Down [1:13]
26. Come, See the Pigs [2:13]
27. This is Prophetic! [8:06]
28. At Last the Weather's Warming-Up [3:48]
29. Young As We Are [3:07]
30. Oh What a Day I Thought I'd Die! [4:39]
31. Whip! Whip! Whip! Whip! [3:04]
32. Thank God You Came [3:16]
33. Ballet Pas De Deux [1:37]
34. Flesh Rebels [2:49]
35. I Have My Brief [4:32]
36. I Am the Wife of Mao Tse-sung [6:47]
37. Interview with Russell Braun and Richard Paul Fink [2:49]
38. Some Men You Cannot Satisfy [3:38]
39. Hit It, Boys [3:33]
40. And To What End? [4:32]
41. Sitting Around the Radio [4:31]
42. When I Woke Up [3:18]
43. I Can Keep Still [4:42]
44. Peking Watches the Stars [2:43]
45. You Won at Poker [3:10]
46. I Am Old and Cannot Sleep Forever [5:09]
47. Bows and Closing Credits [3:11]

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