The First Emperor


Episode Info

Placido Domingo stars in "The First Emperor" as Chinese ruler Qin Shi Huang, who attempts to unify his kingdom with a national anthem penned by a childhood-friend-turned-composer (Paul Groves). Complications arise, however, when Qin's daughter Yueyang (Elizabeth Futral) seduces the songsmith. Composed by Tan Dun, who won an Oscar for his "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" score and cowrote the libretto with novelist Ha Jin. Shaman: Michelle DeYoung. Yueyang's Mother: Susanne Mentzer.


Hsing-kuo Wu
as Ying-Yang Master
Plácido Domingo
as Emperor Qin
Haijing Fu
as Chief Minister
Hao Jiang Tian
as General Wang
Elizabeth Futral
as Princess Yueyang
Susanne Mentzer
as Mother of Yueyang
Paul Groves
as Gao Jianli
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