Nixon in China, Hu in America

Peter Sellars and Orville Schell discuss the past, present and future of US-China relations.

On January 11 theatrical director Peter Sellars and Orville Schell, Director of Asia Society's Center on US-China Relations, will discuss the past, present and future of US-China relations as well as the role of culture in this constantly evolving relationship.

Sellars makes his Metropolitan Opera debut on February 2 with the groundbreaking work, John Adams's Nixon in China. According to Sellars, this exploration of President Nixon's historic 1972 encounter with Mao and Communist China "shows you what opera can do to history, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced, and mysterious corners."

The Metropolitan Opera's production of Nixon in China will be shown "Live in HD" in movie theaters internationally on Saturday, February 12. The production was originally created by English National Opera. The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Houston Grand Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Get tickets at the Asia Society website. The program will also be webcast live on Asia beginning at 6:30 pm ET. Online viewers are encouraged to submit their questions to and to join the live chat during the webcast.