Abstract

Contemporary hopes for China's peaceful rise, the continuing global reverberations of the end of the Cold War, and, most importantly for an opera crafted in a distinctly American musical idiom, profound questions concerning the systemic power and role of the United States - all help Nixon in China draw an expanding audience. That the opera has entered the canon is partly because the complexity of Nixon's character suggests the insecurity of global political leadership in our own day. Understanding the context within which it was first created may be useful, but the opera's broader themes resonate more deeply with the human experience in a rapidly changing world.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 824-835
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-21
Open Access
No
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