Nixon In China

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Nixon In China

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Straight from the headlines and live news broadcasts of the day, Nixon in China pays musical witness to President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing in 1972 and goodwill meetings with China’s Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Premier Chou En-Lai. From serious political discussions to a toast-filled banquet scene where every toast tries to outdo another, with Chinese dancers and a fantasy scene with Kissinger, Nixon in China explores an heroic gesture by a sitting American President towards a burgeoning world power. Join us for a whirlwind diplomatic trip which changed history and an opera that has risen to the top rank of 20th century American operas and is arguably one of the most influential of the last few decades. Our exceptional cast includes the company debuts of Franco Pomponi as Nixon, Alfred Kim as Mao with returning SDO favorites Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao Tse-Tung and Richard Paul Fink as Henry Kissinger. THE CAST Richard Nixon Franco Pomponi Mao Tse-Tung Alfred Kim Pat Nixon Maria Kanyova Chou En-Lai Chen-Ye Yuan Henry Kissinger Richard Paul Fink Madame Mao Tse-Tung Kathleen Kim Conductor Joseph Mechavich Director James Robinson PERFORMANCES Saturday Mar 14, 2015 7pm Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 7pm Friday Mar 20, 2015 7pm Sunday Mar 22, 2015 2pm All performances at the SAN DIEGO CIVIC THEATRE 3 hours and 15 minutes with two intermissions http://www.sdopera.com/Operas/Nixon