Dream of the Red Chamber Educator Materials

Music by Bright Sheng | Libretto by David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng
Based on the book by Cao Xueqin
Commissioned by San Francisco Opera

Sung in English with English and Chinese supertitles


Despite his love for Dai Yu, Bao Yu is destined to marry another cousin, an attractive heiress, who might reverse the family’s declining fortunes.

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Educator Resources

Confucius Institute Study Guides

Introduce your students to one of the most important pieces of Chinese literature with these study guides created by the University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Online Course

Dream of the Red Chamber: Afterlives is both a collection of exhibits and a course, inspired by the San Francisco Opera's production of the Dream of the Red Chamber.

Cast & Creative

Dai Yu Pureum Jo*
Bao Yu Yijie Shi*
Lady Wang Hyona Kim*
Bao Chai Irene Roberts
Granny Jia Qiulin Zhang*
Princess Jia Karen Chia-ling Ho*
Aunt Xue Yanyu Guo
The Monk/Dreamer Randall Nakano*
Handmaiden/Flower Toni Marie Palmertree
Handmaiden/Flower Amina Edris
Handmaiden/Flower Zanda Švēde
Eunuch/Stone Pene Pati
Eunuch/Stone Alex Boyer
Eunuch/Stone Edward Nelson
Composer and Co-librettist Bright Sheng*
Co-librettist David Henry Hwang*
Conductor George Manahan
Director Stan Lai*
Production Designer Tim Yip*
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Choreographer Fang-Yi Sheu*
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

World premiere production. A co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Photo (top): Woman’s informal coat with scenes from Dream of the Red Chamber, approx. 1900–1950. China. Silk. Asian Art Museum, Gift of Merrill Randol Sherwin and Dr. Stephen A. Sherwin, 2014.2.