Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:The journey of Princess Yueyang: Vocal challenges and character development in Tan Dun’s opera The First Emperor
Author(s):Liu, Bo
Advisor(s):Coleman, Cynthia Haymon
Contributor(s):Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Carrillo, Carlos; Coleman, Barrington
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Tan Dun
The First Emeror
Beijing opera
Contemporary composition
Chinese traditinal instruments
Abstract:The purpose of this project is to investigate the characters in the Chinese composer Tan Dun’s opera The First Emperor, a two-act opera written in English and presented by the Metropolitan Opera in 2006. It focuses on the characters that Tan Dun created in this opera, particularly Princess Yueyang, General Wang Bi, and Gao Jianli, and how they come together to develop the tragic and dramatic effect. In addition, the project looks in detail at the character development of Princess Yueyang and the vocal challenges of her parts. Finally, it explores Tan Dun’s musical style in The First Emperor within the context of a recent trend in opera in the twenty-first century toward a new operatic style that combines Chinese traditional musical elements with Western musical elements.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Bo Liu
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-13

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