Part of the BBC Proms.
Archive :: production:T505685545, concert:S6010, venue:V221
John Adams - Nixon in China
Semi-staged. 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. Finish time approx. 22:25