Episode Info

Composer John Adams conducts the Met premiere of his acclaimed opera "Nixon in China," about the 37th U.S. president's historic 1972 visit to communist China. Baritone James Maddalena, who created the role of Nixon in the original 1987 production, stars, with Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon; Richard Paul Fink as Henry Kissinger; Robert Brubaker as Mao Zedong; Kathleen Kim as Mao's wife Chiang Ch'ing; and Russell Braun as Chou En-lai.