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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.

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.

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 Feb, 19.15

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