Saturday, February 26, 2011

Opera's 'Nixon in China' Moment

"Violinist Li Jue, the widow of Mao Zedong's top conductor Li Delun, uses a paperweight bearing the signature of Richard Nixon, a souvenir from the president's 1972 visit to China, to hold open a vocal score. "An opera? This is an opera?" she asks, flipping through the pages of "Nixon in China." "When Delun and I joined the Communists in Yan'an, we never imagined that Mao would meet a U.S. president. When Mao met Nixon, we never imagined it would become an opera.""

Source: Wall Street Journal


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