Chinese composer Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world's music scene with creations which span the boundaries of classical music, multi-media performance and Eastern/Western musical traditions. With Marco Polo, set to a libretto by Paul Griffiths, Tan Dun wanted to create a new form of opera for the 21st century - one that fused multiple languages, diverse cultures and time periods to create a truly international voice: Peking Opera, kabuki, and Tibetan ritual, along with Western musical style.

We follow the legendary adventures of Marco Polo as he travels from Italy to China, while the characters of Shadows, Memories and Nature reflect their own journeys. Ultimately the dream-world spiritual journey and the story of Marco Polo's voyage merge to celebrate the discovery that experience from past to present is our common goal, and the deep wish of humanity.

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