The Nixon Tapes

Opera Australia celebrates John Adams at 70
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About the event

Adams, Dessner, Greenwood: these are living composers with something to say, especially when given an orchestra and a few superhuman voices to say it with. This is an extraordinary era for music.

Opera Australia performs in Vivid LIVE for the first time this year with a remarkable program of contemporary works. It culminates in the Sydney premiere of The Nixon Tapes scenes from John Adams’ operatic debut Nixon in China, refashioned for the concert hall by the composer himself.

The acclaimed Opera Australia Orchestra begins the evening with orchestral works by contemporary music giants Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Bryce Dessner (The National).

This concert joins a series around the world celebrating Adams at 70. His debut opera Nixon in China was startling in its simplicity: an elegant, melodic representation of a moment that changed history.

In The Nixon Tapes, five Opera Australia singers, the Opera Australia Orchestra and Chorus will perform highlights of the score, including the iconic landing of the presidential plane and Madame Mao’s terrifying ‘I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung’.

“John Adams is the world’s greatest living composer.”

THE TELEGRAPH (UK)

“an operatic triumph of grave and thought-provoking beauty”

CHICAGO SUN-TRIBUNE