I am extremely proud of what we accomplished with the opening of Nixon in China yesterday afternoon. Not only did we introduce one of the true operatic masterpieces of the 20th century into the COC repertoire, but with mastering the difficulties of John Adams' score, our orchestra and chorus also set a new milestone of artistic achievement for the company. A huge credit needs to go to our conductor Pablo Heras-Casado for his inspiring and flawless leadership. I am proud that he made his North American operatic debut with the COC.
As a special guest we had the great historian Margaret McMillan in the audience. Even though her book Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World was written almost twenty years after the opera, it provides a fascinating insight into its protagonists.
There remains the question of what the third act of Nixon in China really is about. I have my ideas, but since there was a lot of discussion after the performance yesterday, I would welcome your thoughts once you have seen our production.
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