Met HD: Nixon in China
Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:46 AM
Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:07 PM
I love what this production does with the three translators as mini Greek chorus. Through most of the Mao-Nixon scene in Act I, they had gestures throughout at the same time they sang. At one point they held a gesture so long during a passage in which Mao was singing, my arms almost fell off watching. I'm not sure if they were by Morris, Sellers, or both, but they were brilliant and beautifully done Kudos and to the three women.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 03:00 PM
Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:48 PM
Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:57 PM
I didn't realize that Sellars was directing the broadcast until someone -- Hampson? -- mentioned it. He really chose the close-ups wisely and to the singers' great advantage.
Edited to add: I've been listening to the tape-delayed broadcast on CBC2 in Vancouver -- I think it's live on the East Coast -- and there was just a post-performance mini-interview with Robert Orth, who sang the role in Vancouver and is currently performing it in Toronto with Canadian Opera Company. He talked about having visited Disneyland with his wife and kids and noticed a whole bunch of guys in trench coats talking into their lapels. The occasion was a visit by Richard Nixon, his daughter Tricia, and her children. He said that at the time, while many people were asking for autographs, he would have wanted to kick him, but knowing what he knows now, he would have given him a big hug.
For anyone in Toronto, go see this production!
Posted 13 February 2011 - 02:29 PM
I see most, if not all, of the MET HD b'casts -- 1 or 2 a year, I see a second time. I will be seeing the encore performance of "Nixon in China" on March 2nd for sure! John Adams amazes, and Sellars astonishes.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:16 PM
In speaking of the history of the opera, Gockley cites "director Peter's Sellars' iconic production" and later states "In fact, it was Sellars' idea to created the piece, and he brought together Adams and librettist Alice Goodman and painstakingly shaped the piece to his satisfaction."
In speaking of the upcoming production, he said,
The final act is the most controversial. I plead for it to be shortened, but could not convince the artists.
You may ask why we are not reviving Sellar's production, which was just shown at the Met. The answer is that Peter would not accept my casting suggestions, which I made because I truly felt they would benefit the piece at this time of history. About the same time I saw the Vancouver Opera production directed by Michael Cavanaugh, and thought that it was good enough to be shown here. At some point a piece needs to be liberated from its original creators as it makes its way to immortality.
I've seen the Vancouver Opera production, which was quite strong. I'm rather confused about his comments about casting. According to the SF Opera site, the casting is:
Pat Nixon Maria Kanyova *
Mao Tse-tung Simon O’Neill *
Chiang Ch’ing (Madame Mao Tse-tung) Hye Jung Lee *
Chou En-lai Chen-Ye Yuan *
Henry Kissinger Patrick Carfizzi
* San Francisco Opera Debut
Excerpts on the preview disk include performances by Chen-Ye Yuan's Chou En-lai and Maria Kanyova's Pat Nixon, but it is a Naxos recording conducted by Marin Alsop from the Opera Colorado production a couple of years ago and features Robert Orth as Richard Nixon, who was spectacular in Vancouver. Edo de Waart conducted the original cast recording of the opera for Nonesuch, with James Maddelena, Marion Dry, Mari Opatz, Stephanie Friedman, Thomas Hammons, Sanford Sylvan, Trudy Ellen Craney, and John Duykers. (Maddelena was in the Met HD broadcast.)
Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:44 AM
I prefer Adams to Glass, but I've never seen or heard Satyagraha and I'm looking forward to the Met's HD broadcast of it in November.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:25 AM
Yes it was her - details here
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