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Great Performances At The Met: Nixon In China

Composer John Adams conducts the Met premiere of his most famous opera. Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role of "Nixon In China." Peter Sellars directs.

James Maddalena (left) and Janis Kelly (second from right) as Richard and Pat Nixon with dancer Haruno Yamazaki and Kanji Segawa in Adam's "Nixon In China."

James Maddalena (left) and Janis Kelly (second from right) as Richard and Pat Nixon with dancer Haruno Yamazaki and Kanji Segawa in Adam's "Nixon In China."

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon in Adams's "Nixon In China."

Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon in Adams's "Nixon In China."

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Robert Brubaker as Mao Tse-tung and James Maddalena as Richard Nixon in Adams's "Nixon In China."

Robert Brubaker as Mao Tse-tung and James Maddalena as Richard Nixon in Adams's "Nixon In China."

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Russell Braun as Chou En-lai in Adam's "Nixon In China."

Russell Braun as Chou En-lai in Adam's "Nixon In China."

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

James Maddalena as Richard Nixon in Adam's "Nixon In China."

James Maddalena as Richard Nixon in Adam's "Nixon In China."

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

James Maddalena and Janis Kelly as Richard and Pat Nixon in Adam's "Nixon In China."

James Maddalena and Janis Kelly as Richard and Pat Nixon in Adam's "Nixon In China."

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

James Maddalena as Richard Nixon and Russell Braun as Chou En-Lai at the banquet during Act 1 Scene 3 of John Adams's "Nixon In China." On the right is Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon and Richard Paul Fink as Henry Kissinger.

James Maddalena as Richard Nixon and Russell Braun as Chou En-Lai at the banquet during Act 1 Scene 3 of John Adams's "Nixon In China." On the right is Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon and Richard Paul Fink as Henry Kissinger.

Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

A scene from Act 1 of Adams's "Nixon In China" with Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon and James Maddalena as Richard Nixon.

A scene from Act 1 of Adams's "Nixon In China" with Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon and James Maddalena as Richard Nixon.

Credit: Courtesy of Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera