The week that changed the world

By on September 19, 2016

A modern classic that been called the most influential new opera and the first opera in our time that depict a contemporary political events. On 1 October, Nixon in China premiered at the Royal Opera. The music is by John Adams, the world’s most frequently performed American composer of contemporary classical music.

The year is 1972, and for the first time an American president travels to communist China. A week-long visit that would change world history. The world premiere of Nixon in China was held in Houston in 1987, directed by Polar Prize winner Peter Sellars. For libretto responds Alice Goodman. This set is directed by Michael Cavanagh and is a collaboration with the Vancouver Opera.

It is Opera’s chief conductor Lawrence Renes who took the initiative to Nixon in China is set up at the Royal Opera. Lawrence, who is one of those who conducted the largest number of works by John Adams in the world, describes the work:

Music has a tremendous energy, almost like rock music. I am convinced that both experienced and inexperienced opera visitors can take in this work. Just you dare to be a little curious. It is hugely important to the opera houses venturing to works from our own time.

Nixon in China is given ten times until 5 November.

In the center stands six leading roles with Richard Nixon and Mao Tse-Tung in at the head which are played by Ola Eliasson and Michael Weinius. Hanna Husáhr and Marianne Hellgren Staykov makes Pat Nixon and Chiang Ch’ing (Mao’s wife) while Jeremy Carpenter and Olle Persson is Chou En-lai and Henry Kissinger. As Mao’s secretary appears Susann Végh, Katarina Leoson and Kristina Martling. A significant role in the opera has also dancers and not least the Royal Opera Chorus.

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