San Francisco Opera Revives Dream of the Red Chamber
June 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
From the San Francisco Opera’s press release:
Sheng and Hwang’s DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER (June 14–July 3, 2022)
The Summer 2022 Season brings a revival of Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s Dream of the Red Chamber, which played to sold-out audiences in its 2016 world premiere run in San Francisco. The work, which has since toured China and Hong Kong, has garnered international acclaim for its musical retelling of one of China’s greatest novels. Tenor Yijie Shi, soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho and mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim from the world premiere cast return to their roles. They will be joined by a group of artists making their debuts. Soprano Meigui Zhang, a 2018 Merola Opera Program participant, takes on the pivotal role of Dai Yu, mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu portrays Bao Chai, mezzo-soprano Sabina Kim is Granny Jia and mezzo-soprano Guang Yang is Aunt Xue. Singaporean maestro Darrell Ang makes his Company debut leading the cast with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in Stan Lai’s “magnificent production” designed by Academy Award-winner Tim Yip with lighting by Gary Marder that “bedecks the stage in vivid ornament while maintaining a suitably dreamlike atmosphere” (San Francisco Chronicle).