John Adams' opera "Nixon in China" @ the Met
One of the most intriguing online streams of the year: Although known more for his orchestral compositiojs, world-acclaimed British composer John Adams also has some operas among his works.
Nixon in China, as perfomed at NYC's world-renowned Metropolitan Opera in Protected content .
It will be available for streaming between 1.30 a.m. Oct 30th and 00.00 Oct Protected content , all day on Saturday Oct 30th)
We will meet upbon zoom to read the reviews, the synopsis, to watch at least some of it together, and to applaud or frown as needed :)
This is what wikiledia had to say about the opera:
The most critically divisive pieces in Adams's collection are his historical operas. ...The New York Times called the Houston Grand Opera world premiere of the work "worth a few giggles but hardly a strong candidate for the standard repertory" and "visually striking but coy and insubstantial". James Wierzbicki for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described Adams's score as the weak point in an otherwise well-staged performance, noting the music as "inappropriately placid", "cliché-ridden in the abstract" and "[trafficked] heavily in Adams's worn-out Minimalist clichés".
With time, however, the opera has come to be revered as a great and influential production. Robert Hugill for Music and Vision called the production "astonishing ... nearly twenty years after its premier", while The Guardian's Fiona Maddocks praised the score's "diverse and subtle palette" and Adams' "rhythmic ingenuity"."
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