The PRISM Quartet joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic under John Adams for a concert production of his seminal opera, “Nixon in China.”

John Adams, conductor

Elkhanah Pulitzer , director

Ryan McKinny, Nixon

Joélle Harvey, Pat Nixon

Kathleen Kim, Madame Mao

Joo Won Kang, Chou En-Lai

Lacey Jo Benter, secretary

Renée Rapier, secretary

Grant Gershon, artistic director

Bill Morrison, video designer


ADAMS: Nixon in China (c. 120 minutes)

John Adams’ audacious first opera turned the music world on its head, creating a whole new genre, dubbed “CNN opera.” Unlike most operas written since, Nixon has entered the rarefied pantheon of the international repertoire. With Adams himself conducting and the acclaimed Elkhanah Pulitzer directing, this innovative production promises to be historic in its own right.

It all began as a suggestion from director Peter Sellars to Adams about creating an opera based on President Richard Nixon’s unprecedented visit to China in 1972. Skeptical at first, Adams incorrectly assumed that this work would be some kind of satire. Poet Alice Goodman (today an Anglican priest) was drawn in to create the libretto, and thus a heroic opera on how mythology is created from the very human figures in today’s headlines slowly came into being.

In setting Goodman’s text, Adams moved beyond his minimalist origins to combine a wide range of musical styles. Ever since the premiere by the Houston Grand Opera, Nixon’s reputation has grown, with it now being regarded by many as the Great American Opera.

Please note there will be two 15 minute intermissions.

Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

March 03, 2017
8:00 PM

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

March 05, 2017
2:00 PM