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Chinese Extravaganza Uses Valley as a Backdrop

The New York Times reviews Zen Shaolin, an artistic extravaganza performed outside in Henan Province: For those who were dazzled by the opening of the Beijing Olympics earlier this month, that ceremony had its roots in shows...

Of Musical Import

In the New York Times Magazine, Ian Buruma has a lengthy profile of composer Tan Dun: Tan is based in New York City, but I managed to catch him in Stockholm (between gigs in Shanghai and Rome), where he was attending part of a...

‘The First Emperor,’ and a flutter of Chinese fans “in New York – Sheila Melvin

From The International Herald Tribune: One of Beijing’s most anticipated events in this busy winter performing arts season did not even take place in China: the world premiere of Tan Dun’s “The First Emperor” at the New York Metropolitan Opera. ……”An enormous disappointment,” declared The New York Times of the score, adding that the vocal […]

Zhang Yimou’s Qin Shi Huangdi Complex – Cui Weiping

Time.com published an article titled “A Chinese Movie at the Met” this week: The creators of The First Emperor were clearly intent on sharpening the film’s (already pretty clear) political stance. “Qin...

A majestic imperial Chinese saga has its premiere at the Met – Anthony Tommasini

From IHT: The relative rarity of world premieres at the Metropolitan Opera does not alone explain the buildup of good will, genuine excitement and high expectation over “The First Emperor,” the opera by the Chinese-American composer Tan Dun, which had its premiere on Thursday night, conducted by the composer. Over the years Mr. Tan has […]

The Great Wall Rises (and Falls) at the Met – Lois B. Morris and Robert Lipsyte

From the New York Times, an article about the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of First Emperor by Zhang Yimou and Tan Dun: Normally for a new production the Met allows one week in the summer for technical rehearsals ” no orchestra, no singers ” to test the set and design the lighting before standard rehearsals begin. […]

David Barboza: Composing Piano Pieces for the Floor of a Gallery

From the New York Times: “Tan Dun Visual Music 2005” opened last month at the Shanghai Gallery of Art. Not many composers sell art. But Mr. Tan does. The solo exhibition features a collection of his old pianos (deconstructed and reconstructed by the composer), multimedia installations and nearly a dozen prints and manuscripts, including the […]



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