Dream of the Red Chamber

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Libretto By David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng
June 14–July 3, 2022

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A Love That Tears A Dynasty Apart

The noble Jia family may have finally found the solution to its age-old debt: She’s young, she’s beautiful, and, most importantly, she’s wealthy. There’s only one problem. She’s not the woman of Bao Yu’s dreams.

Adapted from a classic of world literature, Dream of the Red Chamber is an opulent exploration of love, lust, and political intrigue in imperial China by composer Bright Sheng and Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang.

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Sung in English with English and Chinese supertitles

A Tale of Two Artists: Learning that Extends Beyond Dream of the Red Chamber

This digital exhibit explores the lesser told histories of two Chinese American artists, Yi-Kwei Sze and Ow-Wing Fook. Through their shared love of opera and cultural and historical contributions, these two figures add to the rich fabric of the story of America.

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Running time is approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes including one intermission

Why You Should See It

It’s a landmark literary work put to music, complete with a steamy love triangle, court intrigue, and sumptuous period costumes ripped from your favorite wuxia film.

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Tuesday 06/14/22 7:30PM
Friday 06/17/22 7:30PM
Sunday 06/19/22 2:00PM
Thursday 06/23/22 7:30PM
Saturday 06/25/22 7:30PM
Friday 07/01/22 7:30PM
Sunday 07/03/22 2:00PM Buy Tickets


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To settle an age-old debt to the emperor, one Chinese nobleman is forced to make a devastating choice: between his true love and an heiress who could make his family’s money troubles disappear.

Read Complete Synopsis › (故事大綱) (故事大纲)


Cast & Creative

Dai Yu Meigui Zhang *
Lady Wang Hyona Kim
Bao Yu Konu Kim *
Princess Jia Karen Chia-ling Ho
Bao Chai Hongni Wu *
Granny Jia Sabina Kim *
Aunt Xue Guang Yang
Monk/Dreamer Francis Jue


June 14, 17, 19, 23, 25; July 1, 3, 2022

Conductor Darrell Ang *
Director Stan Lai
Production Designer Tim Yip
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Revival Choreographer/Dance Master Colm Seery
Chorus Director John Keene
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of Dream of the Red Chamber can be found in our Archive.

A co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival.


Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

"Konu Kim flaunts a high-flying tenor... His personality and charm combine with remarkable vocal gifts to suggest a star career in the making." — The Stage (UK)

“Yet the evening’s true star, at least from where I sat, was soprano Meigui Zhang, who brought both tonal bloom and alert precision.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“[Hongni] Wu’s adroit, sparkling phrasing and neat, fluid movements make any stage seem like her comfort zone.”
Opera News

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

The commission of the 2016 world premiere of The Dream of the Red Chamber was initiated and funded by the Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends of Minnesota.


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