Production Team

Production: Zhang Yimou
Set Designer: Fan Yue
Costume Designer: Emi Wada
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Co-Director: Wang Chaoge
Choreographer: Dou Dou Huang
Stage Director: Peter McClintock

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The First Emperor



Approximate running time 2 hrs. 55 min.

Tan Dun’s rich pageant of ancient China returns, fresh from its sold-out premiere run. Plácido Domingo reprises his tour-de-force portrayal of the great but brutal leader who sacrifices personal happiness to unite a country, in a monumental production by revered filmmaker Zhang Yimou.

The First Emperor was commissioned by the Metropolitan and co-produced with Los Angeles Opera.

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Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

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