Dream of the Red Chamber, commissioned by San Francisco Opera from Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng with a libretto by Sheng and playwright David Henry Hwang, will tour to the People’s Republic of China in September 2017. Co-produced by Poly Theatre Management Co., Ltd. and Armstrong International Music & Arts Enterprises, Ltd., the Dream of the Red Chamber China Tour will travel to three Chinese cities in six performances.
The Dream of the Red Chamber tour performances will be conducted by Sheng, marking the composer’s first time conducting his opera. In Beijing, Sheng will lead the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra; in Changsha and Wuhan he will be joined in the pit by the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. The Chorus of the State Opera of Dnipro, Ukraine, will sing at each performance. Dream of the Red Chamber will be presented in the original production by acclaimed Taiwanese director Stan Lai and Oscar-winning Chinese designer Tim Yip. A “first-rate visual production, thoughtfully staged” praised the San Francisco Chronicle at the opera’s world premiere at the War Memorial Opera House. “One sensuous tableau flowing into the next,” said the Financial Times.
Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht sings the role of the Jia matriarch Lady Wang.