A co-production between San Francisco Opera
and the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Dream of the Red Chamber
Opera | USA / HK
A co-production between San Francisco Opera
and the Hong Kong Arts Festival
Dream of the Red Chamber
Opera | USA / HK

San Francisco Opera and Hong Kong Arts Festival - Dream of the Red Chamber

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A lavish operatic spectacle

INTRODUCTION

For almost half a century, the HKAF has brought visionary new works to Hong Kong. This stunning co-production with the San Francisco Opera marks another milestone, which is bound to be a highlight of the Festival’s 45th anniversary.  

Based on the masterpiece by Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber is considered one of China’s four great classical novels. It details the lives of members of the Jia Clan, whose good fortune is assured when one of its daughters becomes an Imperial concubine. When she falls from power, their decline follows swiftly. Central to this drama is the love triangle between the young nobleman, Bao Yu, and two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, the other a worldly beauty.

The composer is celebrated Chinese-American musician Bright Sheng, who, along with Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, has adapted the novel into a two-act opera with English language libretto. Iconic Taiwanese director Stan Lai joins forces with Tim Yip, the Academy Award-winning designer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to stage this visionary work. Maestro Muhai Tang, acclaimed for his “exquisite attention to color and detail” (Opera Today), will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and an exceptional cast of Asia’s finest singers including Hong Kong’s own Amanda Li making her debut in a major international production. Hong Kong is the first Asian city to see this new opera after its September 2016 premiere in San Francisco.

Hong Kong is the first Asian city to see this new opera after its premiere in San Francisco in September 2016.

PRODUCTION

Music
Bright Sheng

Libretto
David Henry HwangBright Sheng
Based on the book by Cao Xueqin 

Conductor
Muhai Tang

Director
Stan Lai

Production Designer
Tim Yip

Lighting Designer
Gary Marder

Choreographer
Fang-yi Sheu

Chorus Director
Ian Robertson

Chorus Master (HK)
Felix Yeung

Bao Yu
Yijie Shi

Dai Yu
Pureum Jo

Lady Wang
Hyona Kim

Bao Chai
Amanda Li

Princess Jia
Karen Chia-Ling Ho

Granny Jia
Qiulin Zhang

Aunt Xue
Yanyu Guo

With the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Die Konzertisten


Commissioned by San Francisco Opera

SPECIAL NOTES

Performed in English with English and Chinese surtitles
Approx 3 hrs incl one interval


FURTHER READING

Additional Online Resources: 
Learn more about the story behind the opera with Dream of the Red Chamber: Afterlives, a free course and collection of exhibits by the University of Minnesota.

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