When composer John Adams chalked up the global success of his first opera ‘Nixon in China’ to beginner’s luck, it was easy to perceive his puckish humor taking charge. But mere luck clearly did not bring about the triumph of San Diego Opera’s extraordinary production of ‘Nixon in China’ that opened Saturday (March 14) at Civic Theatre . . .

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When the American baritone Franco Pomponi was invited to sing the lead role in John Adams’ opera ‘Nixon in China’ at one of the major Paris opera companies, he was ready to refuse. Fortunately he changed his mind, learned the role, and will now bring it to San Diego Opera’s upcoming production of the celebrated that opera where West meets East in high Minimalist style . . .

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