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Nixon in China 2020Scottish Opera

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Less than a year after its premiere at Houston, this ground-breaking opera by John Adams received its European premiere at the 1988 Edinburgh Festival. The only change from the original cast was that in Edinburgh the composer himself took the baton. The memorable production by Peter Sellars was later seen in a slightly adapted form, in a co-production by English National Opera and the New York Met, which was relayed to several cinemas in Scotland.

The follow-up work by Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer, was even more controversial, dealing with events that were still quite raw.  Scottish Opera gave its first production of an Adams work at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, when Klinghoffer received an excellent presentation. Nixon in China has not yet been seen again in Scotland. While many people remember the performances of Nixon in China, the events they illustrate are now fading into real history, and their importance, both political and cultural, needs to be emphasised anew. This cast and production team have an interesting opportunity to do something completely fresh.


Scottish Opera's 2019/20 Season

The season opened at the Edinburgh International Festival with the European premiere of Breaking the Waves by Missy Mazzoli. The autumn performances got under way with a visit to the Lammermuir Festival on 20 September with a single performance in concert of an unusual double bill - Mascagni's Zanetto and Wolf-Ferrari's Susanna's Secret. The Glasgow season opens with a welcome revival of Tosca. There is a Sunday afternoon concert of Iris, another rare work by Mascagni. In the New Year there are new productions of Nixon in China by John Adams as well as Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. and Sullivan's Gondoliers. Further concerts include a pairing of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana with Leoncavallo's Zingari. There are also concert performances of a late Sullivan piece, Utopia, Limited, as well as the usual Opera Highlights tour of the Highlands and Islands.

Performance DatesNixon in China 2020

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Feb, 19.15 20 Feb, 19.15 22 Feb, 19.15

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Festival Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

27 Feb, 19.15 29 Feb, 19.15

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