Metropolitan Opera Abandons Plans for First Tour to China

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Citing logistical difficulties, the Metropolitan Opera has given up on its plans to make its first tour to China in the summer of 2008, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The idea of taking the company to China first became public in late February, when Met general manager Peter Gelb announced the house's 2007-08 season. A run of Tan Dun's opera The First Emperor, which was commissioned by the Met and premiered there last December, was placed on the season schedule (replacing a previously planned revival of Tobias Picker's 2005 opera An American Tragedy) with the idea of the company performing it in China in conjunction with the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Company members told the AP, however, that the logistics simply couldn't be made to work.

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