Opera: Tan Dun / The First Emperor

Checking out The Metropolitan Opera’s east-west crossover opera, The First Emperor. Composed by Tan Dun, 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 12 feet in the air to kick someone in the face before disappearing over rooftops with long ribbons flying artfully after.