NEA Opera Honors: John Adams Tribute

With intellectual and emotional intensity, 2009 NEA Opera Honors recipient John Adams has transformed the operatic landscape. His many works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, their sonic brilliance, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. His most influential works include Nixon in China (1987), The Death of Klinghoffer (1991), I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky (1995), El Niño (2000), Doctor Atomic (2005), and A Flowering Tree (2006).