Saturday Night at the Opera playlist for 07/16/2011

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Artist Title Album Label Link
John Adams Nixon in China Opera Colorado Chorus; Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Robert Orth, Richard Nixon; Maria Kanyova, Pat Nixon; Thomas Hammons, Henry Kissinger; Marc Heller, Mao Zedong; Tracy Dahl, Madame Mao; Marin Alsop, conductor Naxos
Gioachino Rossini Excerpts of "L'Italiani in Algeri" I Soloisti Veneti; Marilyn Horne, Isabella; Claudio Scimone, conductor RCA

Two operas about foreign travel, in celebration of summer vacation.

First we heard "Nixon in China," in honor of yesterday (7/16), the 40th anniversary of Nixon's announcement of the upcoming trip to China.

Also, "L'Italiana in Algeri" premiered on May 22, 1813 in Venice, on the very day that Johanna Rosine was birthing Richard Wagner in Leipzig.