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In The First Emperor, Dun uses a vivid palette of musical colors and a wide array of musical instruments from various traditions. He states that his main interest is in creating music that reaches a diverse audience and breaks down the barriers between East and West.
Placido Domingo as Emperor Qin and Haijing Fu as the Chief Minister in Tan Dun's 'The First Emperor'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
On 13 January 2007, the Metropolitan Opera transmitted its live matinée performance directly to motion picture theaters in the US and abroad. For US$18, roughly twice the price of a normal movie ticket, American audiences saw everything that took place on the stage of the New York opera house from a vantage point that approximated prime seating. Prices in Europe were higher, but tickets for this show were hard to find anywhere. As a result, more theaters have been added for future live transmissions.
Elizabeth Futral as Yueyang in Tan Dun's 'The First Emperor'. Photo © 2007 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
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