Nixon in China

by John Adams
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Alice Goodman
in english with german and english surtitles
“One of the most intelligent productions currently to be seen on opera stages!” (Bernd Künzig, SWR2) Director Marco Štorman stages Adam’s minimal music opera as a deconstruction review about the power of images, the politics of (self) staging and the staging of politics. Besides the landing on the moon by the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Richard Nixon’s meeting with China’s leader Mao Zedong in February 1972 then represented one of the biggest media spectacles in history. It was not John Adam’s aim to create a superficial or even a caricaturing representation of Nixon’s visit when composing his opera. He attempted to create a „heroic opera“ about the construction of modern myths by using archetypical characters and situations.
Location
Opernhaus
Duration
Act I: approx. 65 min
Intermission: approx. 25 min
Act II: approx. 50 min
Intermission: approx. 35 min
Act III: approx. 35 min
World premiere
1987 in Houston

Premiere of this production
2019
Recommended age
from grade 10
There will be an introduction 45 minutes before the performance at foyer I. floor.
Jan 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
7
18:00 – 21:45
Opernhaus
First performance this season
8 / 17 / 26 / 40 / 53 / 66 / 82 / 99 / 115 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
27
19:00 – 22:45
Opernhaus
8 / 17 / 26 / 40 / 53 / 66 / 82 / 99 / 115 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Mon
29
19:00 – 22:45
Opernhaus
8 / 16,50 / 24,50 / 37 / 49 / 62 / 77 / 93 / 108 €
Cast
Musikalische Leitung André de Ridder
Regie Marco Štorman
Bühne Frauke Löffel
Kostüme Sara Schwartz
Licht Reinhard Traub
Video Bert Zander
Dramaturgie Ingo Gerlach
Chor Bernhard Moncado
Chou En-lai Lluís Calvet i Pey
Richard Nixon Michael Mayes
Henry Kissinger Shigeo Ishino
Nancy T'ang (First Secretary to Mao) Ida Ränzlöv
Second Secretary to Mao Deborah Saffery
Third Secretary to Mao Leia Lensing
Mao Tse-tung Matthias Klink
Pat Nixon Katherine Manley
Chiang Ch'ing (Madame Mao Tse-tung) Alina Adamski
Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Feb 2024
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sat
3
19:00 – 22:45
Opernhaus
8 / 17 / 26 / 40 / 53 / 66 / 82 / 99 / 115 €
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Fri
9
19:00 – 22:45
Opernhaus
8-108 € / F
https://www.staatsoperstuttgart.de Staatsoper Stuttgart Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Sun
18
19:00 – 22:45
Opernhaus
8-108 € / F