In April, orchestral and educational workshops of Tan Dun’s new opera The First Emperor took place in Shanghai. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and premiering in December, The First Emperor features an English libretto by the composer and Ha Jin, and stage direction by Zhang Yimou. Tan Dun conducts. Placido Domingo stars in the title role of China’s great leader.
Panel discussion pictured left to right: Emi Wada, costume designer; Wang Chao Ge, co-director; Fan Yue, stage designer; Sarah Billinghurst, Metropolitan Opera.