Did you know we are presenting Nixon in China in the 40th anniversary year of the historic visit? In the Education Department we don't often find ourselves discussing an opera based on an actual event, especially a recent one! So I decided to do some studying...




Posted: 06/06/2012 by Dolores DeStefano (Education Program Associate)


Previously, we took you back to the year 1972. Now, we journey to 1987 (and no, we aren’t talking about the band who sang about “a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world”). The year 1987 had some big album releases, a supernova was observed and the first airing of The Simpsons as a cartoon short. It was also the year that John Adams and Alice Goodman collaborated on a world-premiere opera for Houston Grand Opera called, Nixon in China.

Posted: 06/04/2012 by San Francisco Opera


Nixon in China is one of a handful of operas that mean the most to me. I first heard Nixon when I was at Dartmouth College in the spring of '94 during an opera survey class. The professor only played the "News" aria, but that was all I needed to hear, I was hooked. I instantly bought the recording and played it all day every day and when I finally got the score many years later, it revealed a whole new dimension to the music that I could finally play and sing to myself.
 
Posted: 05/30/2012 by Joseph Marcheso, (Rehearsal Conductor, Nixon in China)


Many performing venues, from theaters to symphony halls to opera houses, are experimenting with inviting audience members to tweet their impressions during a live performance. The phenomenon of Tweet Seats is taking hold, with varying success and acceptance. We have been delighted with the Twitter activity during our Opera at the Ballpark performances, where the big space and relaxed atmosphere make it less distracting to see people focused on their small screens along with the big one.

Posted: 05/29/2012 by San Francisco Opera


When we found out that San Francico Opera Chorus Member Elisabeth Rom's brother is Set Designer Erhard Rom for Nixon in China, we immediately asked her to write a blog post. So glad we did! Elisabeth shares how she became a chorus member at SF Opera (with a little help from her brother) and how with their busy schedules they still make time for family.



Posted: 05/21/2012 by Elisabeth Rom


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