Tea: A Mirror of Soul

Butler Opera Center


A round image of a Chinese tea house.

Music by Tan Dun 
Libretto by Tan Dun & Xu Ying  

Minjeong Kim, director
Douglas Kinney Frost, conductor
New Music Ensemble

Sung in English.

Composer Tan Dun and librettist Xu Ying bring the ancient story of Seikyo, a prince-turned-monk, to the 21st century. Experience Puccini-inspired lyricism paired with the natural soundscape of water, paper, and stones, as viewers follow Seikyo and the beautiful Princess Lan in search of an ancient book of wisdom. Only the transcendence found through the sacred act of the tea ritual can save Seikyo from the “bitter love” birthed from tragedy. 


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Feb. 22, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 24, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Feb. 25, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

All University of Texas at Austin students are allowed one free ticket as long as they are available. Student tickets must be picked up at the Box Office with valid student I.D. Seating is unassigned. There are four wheelchair spaces available in McCullough Theater.

Event Types
New Music Opera Vocal Arts