Patrick Carfizzi in Barber of Seville, photo by: Ken Howard

Nixon in China

San Francisco Opera

Character: Henry Kissinger

Performance Dates

  • June 8 2012 8pm
  • June 14 2012 730pm
  • June 17 2012 2pm
  • June 22 2012 8pm
  • June 26 2012 8pm
  • June 30 2012 8pm
  • July 3 2012 730pm

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John Adams’ rhythmically rich recreation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece makes its long-awaited Bay Area stage premiere. Michael Cavanagh’s “brilliantly effective” staging (Vancouver Sun) will feature Brian Mulligan, whose rich baritone thrilled audiences in San Francisco Opera’s Faust (2010) and Werther (2010), in the title role. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, will lead the orchestra. “What commands attention in the Nixon score is, quite simply, melody” (The New York Times).

Sung in English with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission

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