Dream of the Red Chamber

Summer 2022

Dream of the Red Chamber

By Bright Sheng

Overview

Dates

June 14–July 3, 2022

Composer

Bright Sheng

Price

Starting at $31

Run Time

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

Libretto

David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng

Language

Sung in English and Chinese supertitles

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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Why 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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"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

Synopsis

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.


 

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* San Francisco Opera Debut

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

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

A co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Hear The Music

Audio excerpts are from the ​2016 San Francisco Opera production of Dream of the Red Chamber.​Featuring Yijie Shi as Bao Yu, Karen Chia-Ling as Princess Jia, and Pureum Jo as Dai Yu.

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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.