Parlando: The COC Blog

1/26/2011

Be The Best-Informed Person at Nixon in China

Two events are coming up that will help you get a richer, deeper understanding of Nixon in China, the most politically charged of our operas this season. 

The first, the morning of Feb. 6, involves a tasty brunch and the chance to meet one of today's foremost historical writers. Margaret MacMillan, the author of Paris 1919 and Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World will be joining Globe and Mail columnist Marcus Gee and a small number of COC patrons for a chat over brunch. Tickets to the event are $165 per person and include brunch, an orchestra-level ticket to Nixon in China (choice of eight dates), and a copy of MacMillan's book. If you've already got your opera ticket, tickets to the brunch alone (including the copy of the book) can be purchased over the phone for $65, at 416-363-8231 or 1-800-250-4653 long distance.

Once you've got a copy of her book, make sure to share your insights at our ongoing online book club, running through Feb. 26.  

The following Sunday on Feb. 13, our Opera Exchange series will continue with three experts weighing in on the operatic, musical, and historical context of Nixon in China. William Germano from New York City's Cooper Union will discuss "Opera as News: Nixon in China and the Contemporary Operatic Subject," followed by Louis W. Pauly from the Munk School of Global Affairs, who will talk about Nixon in China's political resonance. The morning will be rounded off by musicologist Robert Fink from the University of California, who will take an in-depth look at the opera's musical structure. The price of the symposium ($20 including tax) will also include a backstage tour of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

If you're planning on coming to Nixon in China (and of course you are!), these events will help you enjoy it even more.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001