29th October

Concert will begin at 22:30 hours GMT

Met's encore stream: Adams' 'Nixon in China' with Kim, Kelly, Brubaker and Braun from New York

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Adams' 'Nixon in China' is an opera in three acts, with a libretto by Alice Goodman. Adams' first opera, it was inspired by U.S. President Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972. During his rise to power, Richard Nixon became known as a leading anti-communist. After he became president in 1969, Nixon saw advantages in improving relations with China and the Soviet Union; he hoped that détente would put pressure on the North Vietnamese to end the Vietnam War, and he might be able to manipulate the two main communist powers to the benefit of the United States.

Performers: Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, Richard Paul Fink.

Metropolitan Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: John Adams.

Recorded 12 February 2011.

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