• fl(pic,afl), cl(bcl,perc), pipa, perc, vn(perc), vc(perc); Note: the flutist appears onstage as a male cowherd, the pipa player appears onstage as a goddess-weaver
  • African-American Actress (Western style) [can be modified to read “Actress (Western Style)"], Asian Male Singer (Chinese Opera style), Baritone (Western Opera/Music Theater style), Asian Female Dancer, 2 Dancers
  • 1 hr 8 min
  • Libretto by David Henry Hwang.
  • English

Programme Note


According to ancient Chinese legend, Night and Day were created through the ill-fated love between a heavenly being and a mortal. The legend of the Silver River comes alive in a bewitching production populated by Jade Emperors, Goddess Weavers and other celestial beings. Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang, librettist of the Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly, integrate elements from both Western and Chinese opera in a touching and timeless fable.