Monday, January 31, 2011

A Day At The Opera




Normally, the Opera is not my thing.  But if it's Glass, Reich or Adams I'm there.  
So it was easy to accept an invitation to attend today's final dress rehearsal for the Metropolitan Opera's new production of John Adam's Nixon in China (1987).  The Met has finally stepped into the 21st Century with bold new productions of its standard repertory but it has never done this contemporary classic.  Peter Sellar's production was excellent with Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon  particularly remarkable. One quibble is with Alice Goodman's libretto which sounded even more arch and detached today than it must have in 1987.  Perhaps that explains why this acclaimed poet has subsequently become an Anglican minister.  

The Met also invited many of the same journalists that trekked to Bejing nearly 40 years ago. Seated a few boxes over were Max Frankel the New York Times correspondent, Helen Thomas still looking spry at 90 (though I did see her nod off a few times) and Dan Rather. (see photo below)

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