He is the most performed composer of hid generation. His operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer have been international hits, although not without a touch of scandal. This is an intimate portrait, filmed over twelve months, of a great composer at work in his High Sierra log cabin and in rehearsal with soloists Emanuel Ax and Michael Collins. he dramatic landscapes of America, which Adams brings to life so vividly in his music, provide the visual backdrop. Contributors include stage director Peter Sellars and Iibrettist Alice Goodman. Music has been specially recorded for the film by Edo De Waart And the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.