• Bright Sheng
  • Dream of the Red Chamber (2016)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera

  • 2(2pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/4331/timp.3perc/hp/Qin/str
  • Female Chorus, Dancers, extras
  • 2S, 3Mz, A, T, male actor
  • 2 hr 30 min
  • David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng
  • English
    • 21st November 2024, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
    • 22nd November 2024, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
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Programme Note

   DAI YU/CRIMSON PEARL FLOWER: Lyric Coloratura Soprano
   BAO CHAI: Light Mezzo-soprano
   MME. WANG: Full Lyric Mezzo-soprano
   GRANNY JIA : Alto
   PRINCESS JIA: Full Lyric Soprano
   AUNT XUE: Mezzo-soprano
   THE MONK: Male Actor
   MAIDS, PRINCESS JIA’S ENTOURAGE: Female Chorus, Dancers, Extras
   IMPERIAL SOLDIERS, EUNUCHS: Male Chorus, Dancers, Extras

The Dream of the Red Chamber, a masterpiece of Chinese fiction, is a detailed, episodic record of the lives of the members of the Jia Clan, whose good fortune is assured when one of its daughters becomes an imperial concubine, and then declines after her death. The story centers on a love triangle consisting of the main character, Bao Yu, his beautiful cousin Dai Yu, and his future wife, another beautiful cousin named Bao Chai. Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang have adapted Cao Xue Qin’s epic 18th-century Qing Dynasty novel with a focus on eight central characters to tell the tale of the illustrious Jia Clan and traces the Jias' fall from the height of their prestige. Often considered a semi-autobiographical novel, Sheng and Hwang frame the tale with a Prologue and Epilogue led by The Monk, who may be the author himself.


Act I
Act II


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