Opera: Tan Dun / The First Emperor

In front of my TV again today with The Metropolitan Opera On Demand app blaring Tan Dun’s east-west crossover opera, The First Emperor. Tan Dun was the film composer for landmark Chinese films of historical fantasy such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, those special effects-laden martial arts epics featuring actors jumping twelve feet in the air to kick someone in the face before disappearing over rooftops with long ribbons flying artfully after.