John Adams’ rhythmically rich recreation of a presidential trip to Beijing has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” that “will be around for the long haul” (The New York Times).
The Opera House is home to the SF Opera, North America's 2nd largest opera company, and the SF Ballet, which the New York Times calls "the most impressively diverse ballet company in America."
Park nearby at the Performing Arts Garage. The entrance is on Grove St, between Franklin and Gough.
A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this modern masterpiece makes its long-awaited Bay Area stage premiere. Michael Cavanagh’s “brilliantly effective” staging (Vancouver Sun) will feature Brian Mulligan, whose rich baritone thrilled audiences in San Francisco Opera’s Faust (2010) and Werther (2010), in the title role. Lawrence Renes, whose conducting of Adams’ Doctor Atomic won praise from London critics, will lead the orchestra. “What commands attention in the Nixon score is, quite simply, melody” (The New York Times).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes including one intermission