Seattle Symphony Announces Cast Changes for Tan Dun’s ‘Buddha Passion’

By David Salazar

The Seattle Symphony has announced several cast changes for its upcoming performances of Tan Dun’s “Buddha Passion” on Nov. 10 and 12, 2022.

Due to COVID-19 and quarantine requirements in China, five of the artists will be unable to appear in the performances. Per a press release, Lei Xiu, Megan Moore, Yi Li, and Elliot Madone will replace Sen Guo, Tan Weiwei, Hui Zhiling, Kang Wang, Yunpeng Wang, respectively. The composer conducts.

The work was inspired by the Mogoa Caves, which Tan Dun visited numerous times throughout the years. To further immerse audiences in this experience, Octave9: Raisbeck Music Center will bring an exhibition of the caves in partnership with Dunhuang Foundation. The exhibit will be free to the public until Nov. 13, 2022.

The company will also be presenting Tan Dun’s “Ghost Opera” on Nov. 11 at Octave 9.

This is not the first time that this particular work has run into production problems due to COVID-19. The Munich Philharmonic canceled performances of the work due to COVID travel restrictions back in May.