Ghost Opera at the Ojai Music Festival
"Few contemporary composers make us listen as closely and as exactingly as Tan Dun. We savor the tone, quality, and texture of each moment, we scrutinize the sounds that arise from unusual combinations of instruments, melodies, and voices, and we listen, above all perhaps, to the silence to which the music gives definition and meaning. Ghost Opera is not strictly an opera—in Tan Dun’s composition list it is labeled as “performance art”—but one of the most distinguishing functions of operatic music is its capacity to fill a space, so that space and music become one. Tan Dun is one of the masters of this particular art and this work clearly showed us how he is."