John AdamsNixon in China
Libretto by Alice Goodman
A new co-production with The Royal Danish Theatre
& Teatro Real Madrid
A first for Scottish Opera. John Fulljames – Director of Opera at The Royal Danish Theatre – directs Adams’ iconic work, with designs by the ever-inventive Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016).
Inspired by Nixon’s much-publicised visit to China in 1972, this groundbreaking piece explores the reality behind the hype. It is as much about the private moments as the public, about the wives as much as the husbands, and about what we choose to remember as much as what actually happened…
‘The most influential opera of the last few decades, it has lost none of its power and remains Adams’ finest stage work.’ The Guardian
Famed for giving minimalism a human face, Adams mixes a huge range of sounds in his eclectic score. Pre-recorded electronics sit alongside live passages echoing Wagner and Johann Strauss; jazz references alongside big band sounds that evoke the 1930s of Nixon’s youth. Acclaimed Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro leads an exciting cast including American baritone Eric Greene, Swedish soprano Julia Sporsén (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018), British tenor Mark Le Brocq (Anthropocene 2019) and South Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee (La bohème 2017).
Running time approx. 3 hrs 15 mins including two 20 min intervals
Sung in English with English supertitles
Listen to a taster of the music from Nixon in China on Spotify.
Cast & Creative Team
What the press said
'One of the most rewarding and thought-provoking evenings that will be available in any theatre this year...' ★★★★★ Herald Scotland
'Unstintingly powerful and imaginative.' ★★★★★ The Scotsman
'A gripping and absorbing show.' ★★★★★ The Observer
'One of the most subtle, intelligent and entertaining operas of the last 40 years...' ★★★★ The Telegraph
'John Fulljames’ new production gives a modern classic a new lease of life.' ★★★★ The Stage
'A stunning, constantly surprising spectacle.' ★★★★ The Skinny
'Cunningly timed and cleverly staged.' ★★★★ The Times
'John Fulljames’ slick and inventive production.' ★★★★ The Guardian
Nixon in China 2020 | What the Audience ThoughtThis week NIXON IN CHINA has two final performances at Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Still dithering? Let our Glasgow audience convince you...
Nixon in China 2020 | TrailerGet a first look at our brand new five-star production of Nixon in China
Nixon in China 2020 | Staging PoliticsNixon in China's Director John Fulljames and Conductor Joana Carneiro chat about reality, artifice and staging politics in our brand new in-depth interview.
Nixon in China 2020 | Teaser trailer
Nixon in China 2020 | Audio-described TrailerOur visually-impaired patrons can take advantage of special audio-described performances on Sat 22 Feb (Glasgow) and Sat 29 Feb (Edinburgh). For more information head over to the Discover Opera section.