John Adams' Operatorios

Back by Popular Demand!: A weeklong immersion in long-form works by the illustrious American composer

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ride the high of WQXR's preview concert of John Adams' opera Nixon in China (January 19 at 7 p.m.) with a presentation of his one oratorio, El Niño, and music from all four of his operas, each weeknight at 7 p.m. continuing through Friday, January 28 on Q2. 

Enjoy these five contemporary masterpieces which move from topics as diverse as an Indian princess with magical, transformative abilities (his 2006 opera, A Flowering Tree) to the first atomic bomb and Manhattan Project director, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (his 2005-2005 Doctor Atomic) to President Nixon's 1972 era-defining trip to China (his first opera, begun in 1985, Nixon in China, with librettist Alice Goodman, director Peter Sellars and choreographer Mark Morris).

WQXR's Wednesday, January 19 preview concert of Nixon in China from the Jerome L. Greene Performance is hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight and includes conversation with director Peter Sellars and Adams himself. Tune into 105.9 FM WQXR to hear the event live or watch the live video webcast at This concert anticipates Nixon's Metropolitan Opera premiere February 2-19, 2011.

Monday night's All Ears with Terrance McKnight and Tuesday night's Cued Up will begin immediately following the John Adams presentation.


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