I think it's time for some opera! They are bringing John Adams’ opera Nixon in China to the Princeton Festival this year and I couldn't be more excited. It tells the story of Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to the People’s Republic of China, a politically significant act that ended 25 years of silence between two major nations.
John Adams sets the story of Alice Goodman’s marvelous libretto to a score that miraculously combines neo-romantic emotion with the pulsing minimalist rhythm of modern life. The score melds European and American influences, from Wagnerian opera to big-band ballads. There are arias, choruses, even a fox-trot – and it all works.
Nixon in China is a work of magnificent musical storytelling, but it also encourages the audience to think deeply about the power of performance and the nature of political speech. It is an opera for our time.
Because this is the opening performance there sill be a "Meet the performers" following the opera. How wonderful!
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I thought we would do a 1:00 PM brunch at Cargot Brasserie which is right across the street from McCarter theater. I have heard the most amazing things about their brunches. They bake everything there. Check out their brunch menu https://www.cargotbrasserie.com/menus/#brunch
Please let me know if you would like to join me for brunch prior to the show.