On February 8, 2019, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel, performed the North American premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. The “brilliant” work was featured for the L.A. Phil’s Chinese Lunar New Year weekend-long celebration to usher in the Year of the Boar (The LA Times).
The audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall gave an enthusiastic response proving the operatic work “a hit… well before it reached the finish line.” From the heart-touching story of Princess Miaoshan to the triumphant and glorious finale of Zen Garden, the orchestra and choir wonderfully realized Tan Dun’s vision for the opera. One review critic notes about the two standing ovations (before intermission and at the conclusion), “These weren’t just the usual routine standing ovations that we see at most concerts. They felt like the real thing” (Classical Voice North America).
LA Times critic Mark Swed praises the performance commenting, “All standing ovations are not equal… But when a piece of music reminds you of what is important in life you sometimes stand as a reaction to awe.”
After performing for two sold-out performances in Los Angeles, Buddha Passion continues its world-wide tour to five different countries for the following seasons with his signature style: “The music was evocative and colorful – Mr. Tan weaves Eastern styles with Western traditions as easily as breathing” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
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