Nixon in China - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Nixon in China

    John Adams

    Opéra Bastille - from 22 March to 16 April 2023

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Nixon in China

Opéra Bastille - from 22 March to 16 April 2023

Nixon in China

Opera John Adams

Opéra Bastille - from 22 March to 16 April 2023

3h00 with 1 interval

Language : English

Surtitle : French / English

  • Pre‑opening for the young : 22 March 2023

    Opening night : 25 March 2023


In few words:

In February 1972, the American president Richard Nixon went to China to meet Mao Zedong. In the context of the war in Vietnam and the cold war, this encounter marked a turning point in Chinese‑ American relations. John Adams, a major musical figure of the last forty years, made this event of contemporary history the subject of his first opera. Nixon in China tackles the political thaw instigated by ping-pong diplomacy, begun by the invitation of the American table tennis players by their Chinese counterparts, one year before the presidential visit. A mesmerising work in which the pulsations and repetitions typical of minimalism are combined with melodic lines of great lyricism. For its entry into the Paris Opera repertoire, this work has been entrusted to the director Valentina Carrasco, who underlines the importance and the mediating power of Chinese national sport in history.

  • Opening
  • First part 65 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 85 mn
  • End
  • Nixon in China

    Opera in three acts (1987)

    • Music :

      John Adams - (1947)

    • Libretto :

      Alice Goodman

    • Zhou Enlai :

      • Xiaomeng Zhang

    • Richard Nixon :

    • Henry Kissinger :

      • Joshua Bloom

    • Nancy Tang :

      • Yajie Zhang

    • Mao Zedong :

      • John Matthew Myers

    • Pat Nixon :

    • Chiang Ch’ing :

    • La deuxième secrétaire de Mao :

      • Ning Liang

    • La troisième secrétaire de Mao :


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