Dream of the Red Chamber


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

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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 Buy Tickets
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Sunday 07/03/22 2:00PM Buy Tickets


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Opera Event: Dream of the Red Chamber

From Page to the Opera Stage: Dream of the Red Chamber
Friday, May 20 at 1pm Pacific on Zoom

Join Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Jay Xu, The Barbara Bass Bakar Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum, for a discussion about the artistic inspiration behind Yip's sets and costumes for Dream of the Red Chamber, returning this June to San Francisco Opera.

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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.

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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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