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The First Emperor

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The incomparable Plácido Domingo began a new chapter in his legendary Met career when he created the role of Emperor Qin in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s epic opera. Staged by revered film director Zhang Yimou, The First Emperor is both a rich pageant of ancient China and a fascinating study of the ruler who united it. Conducted by the composer, it also stars Paul Groves and Elizabeth Futral and features a riveting turn by Peking Opera performer Wu Hsing-Kuo as the Yin-Yang Master.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 13, 2007


Tan Dun


Tan Dun and Ha Jin

Run Time

2 HRS 57 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

DVD release by EMI Classics / The Metropolitan Opera