I know those of you who read my Opera Posts know that this Summer, my favourite opera - by far, was John Adams *Nixon In China*. I was STUNNED at the first rehearsal to totally fall in love with the production....
From the first haunting notes of the opera....one is caught up in the drama....and when the oh-so-lifelike *Spirit of '76* actually lands on the tarmac at Peking (now Beijing)..and the *President* descends the landing stairs.....wow!
*Nixon*....(Brian Mulligan) and his dresser! Love that nose!
The Curtain on closing night...
Scenes from the Production
|Chou En-Lai, Mao's three Secretaries, Mao, Nixon, Kissinger|
|Nixon and Mao|
|Pat Nixon seeing the *Sights of Peking*|
Final Scene...the Main Characters stand in front of stands representing actual photos.
And now....the backstage photos! You were waiting for these, right!
*Nixon* and the *People of Peking*
Chou En-Lai (the wonderful baritone Chen-Ye Yuan)
Chairman Mao - (fabulous New Zealand tenor, Simon O'Neill) and the Waiters
Madame Mao (the astounding soprano Hye Jung Lee) and the *Red Guard*!
She means business and "speaks according to the Book"!!! *That's the little red book of Mao's..*
Henry Kissinger, consummate diplomat and all-round Ladies man! (Believe it or not!)
|Opening Night Cupcakes and T-Shirts|
|You KNEW I had to try one of those hats on!|
♥ Comrade Robin ♥