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John Adams
Nixon in China
A stunning recording of the premiere production of Adams' first and possibly best opera. Nixon is approachable but rewards repeated listening.

Robert Wilder Blue, Editor, usoperaweb.com

Forty-eight works that come to mind immediately when asked, What American operas do you recommend?

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amelia Goes to the Ball, Antony and Cleopatra, The Ballad of Baby Doe, A Bayou Legend, Candide, The Cave, Cold Sassy Tree, The Consul, Dead Man Walking, Einstein on the Beach, Esther, Four Saints in Three Acts, Full Moon in March, The Ghosts of Versailles, The Great Gatsby, The Last Savage, Little Women, Lizzie Borden, McTeague, The Medium, Montezuma, The Mother of Us All, Mourning Becomes Electra, Nixon in China, Of Mice and Men, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Porgy and Bess, Postcard from Morocco, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Regina, Resurrection, The Seagull, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Street Scene, A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke, Susannah, Tartuffe, The Tempest, Transformations, Trouble in Tahiti, Vanessa, A View from the Bridge, The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe, West Side Story, Willie Stark, Wuthering Heights (Floyd), X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X).

Carol I. Crawford, Artistic Director, Tulsa Opera

"Four operas that should be produced right now are Floyd's Of Mice and Men, Still's Bayou Legend, Susa's Transformations and Hoiby's Summer and Smoke. I would love to revive Adams' Nixon in China..."

(quoted in Opera News 30 March 1996.)