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Yale Club and San Francisco Opera invite you to "Nixon in China"

San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer YCSF a 50% discount off regular ticket prices. A pre-performance reception and talk with SF Opera Medal recipient Dr. Kip Cranna is also included.

   
YALE CLUB AT SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
 
Yale Club and San Francisco Opera invite you to Nixon in China on Friday, June 22 at 8pm. San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer Yale alumni, friends and family a special newly increased discount of 50% off regular ticket prices.
 
Purchase tickets
Enter offer code: YC12
 
 
Prior to the performance join your fellow alums for a casual no-host networking reception and private talk with San Francisco Opera Director of Music Administration and SF Opera Medal recipient Dr. Kip Cranna. The pre-performance reception and talk will take place on the Dress Circle North Promenade in the Opera House. The Dress Circle level is located 3 flights up from the Lobby level.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s breakthrough visit to the People’s Republic of China.  Nixon in China, music by John Adams and libretto by Alice Goodman (both graduates of that other school near Boston) similarly marks a breakthrough in modern opera.  Notwithstanding the mixed reviews of the opera when it first premiered 25 years ago, the opera has stood the test of time, remained popular and spawned a new interest in opera with its pulsating and approachable score.

Although the composer lives in the East Bay, the opera actually premiered in Texas at the Houston Opera.  The San Francisco Opera’s performances mark the opera’s debut in San Francisco.   Critics frequently described the music as minimalist or post-minimalist after the manner of Philip Glass, but the music also has references to Stravinsky, Wagner, Johann Strauss and even Gershwin.  (For a sample of the music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sde2s-tTOI)  Goodman’s critically praised libretto was also based on considerable research, but primarily resulted from sources contemporaneous to the 1972 visit.

Company Premiere
NIXON IN CHINA—John Adams
 
John Adams’ brilliant first opera—a highly accessible modern classic from the composer of Doctor Atomic—makes its long-awaited Northern California debut!
 
Provocative, edgy, audacious…a modern masterpiece!” hailed The Washington Post. A poetic look at a historic moment, John Adams’ rhythmically rich recreation of the breakthrough 1972 trip to Beijing by the American president has established itself as a great American opera, a work of “clarity, simplicity, shocking elegance” (The New York Times). A quarter-century after premiering at Houston Grand Opera under the leadership of David Gockley, this captivating production makes its long-awaited Bay Area stage premiere.
 
Michael Cavanagh’s “brilliantly effective” staging (Vancouver Sun) features 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, leads the orchestra. “What commands attention in the Nixon score is, quite simply, melody” (The New York Times).
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
•             7pm No-host gathering on the Dress Circle North Promenade
•             7:25pm Private talk with Dr. Kip Cranna
•             7:45pm Walk to seats
•             8pm Curtains up for Nixon in China
 
Discount is available through this special offer web page only, not by phone or in person, and expires Thursday, June 21 at midnight. This offer is not valid on previously purchase tickets. We strongly suggest you order early as performances often sell out. Seating is assigned at the time of purchase and is not reserved in advance for this offer.
 
Questions? Contact Wayne Lew (wwlew@yahoo.com)

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