John Adams (1947)

Nixon In China (1985 -1987)

opera in three acts


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1985 - 1987
    • Duration : 1 h 20 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Commission: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Houston Grand Opera et John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Alice Goodman

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 2 solo baritones [Chou En-lai ; Richard Nixon] , 1 solo bass voice [Henry Kissinger] , 1 solo mezzo-soprano [Nancy T’ang, première secrétaire de Mao] , 2 solo contraltos [deuxième secrétaire de Mao ; troisième secrétaire de Mao] , 1 solo tenor [Mao Tse-tung] , 2 solo sopranos [Pat Nixon ; Chiang Ch’ing]
  • mixed choir
  • 2 flutes (also 1 piccolo), 2 oboes (also 1 English horn), 1 Eb clarinet (also 2 clarinets, 1 soprano saxophone), 1 soprano saxophone (also 2 alto saxophones, 1 baritone saxophone), 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, percussionist, 2 electronic/MIDI keyboards/synthesizers, 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses [nombre de cordes minimum]

Premiere information

  • Date : 22 October 1987
    Location :

    États-Unis, Houston, Grand Opera


    Performers :

    l'orchestre de Saint Luke’s, direction : Edo de Waart.

Observations

Informations techniques disponibles sur le site du compositeur (lien vérifié en mars 2010).