Tan Dun to Lead London Philharmonic in his ‘Buddha Passion’

By David Salazar

The London Philharmonic is set to perform Tan Dun’s “Buddha Passion” on Jan. 22, 2023 at the Southbank Centre.

The composer himself will conduct the performance, which will feature soprano Sen Guo, mezzo-soprano Huiling Zhu, tenor Kang Wang, and bass-baritone Shenyang. There will also be two indigenous singers who will be announced at a later date. They will be joined by the London Philharmonic Choir and London Chinese Philharmonic Choir.

This performance coincides with the Lunar New Year.

The work was inspired by the Mogoa Caves, which Tan Dun visited numerous times throughout the years.

The piece was recently performed by the Seattle Symphony on Nov. 10 and 12, 2022.