MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2014) — The Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends of Minnesota is pleased to announce that the San Francisco Opera has confirmed plans for a forthcoming world premiere in Fall 2016—Dream of the Red Chamber, featuring music by world renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng (Madame Mao, Silver River) and an English-language libretto by the composer and Tony Award-winning Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly and Chinglish).
The new work is based on the book Dream of the Red Chamber by 18th-century Qing Dynasty writer Cao Xuequin, and is considered one of the four great classical novels of historic Chinese literature.
The commission of Dream of the Red Chamber was initiated and funded by the Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends of Minnesota, with leadership support from Mrs. Ming Li Tchou. It will be the first large-scale contemporary treatment of Dream on the American stage.
Presenting the heartbreaking and timeless love-triangle story of Dream will serve several goals of the mission of CHF Friends: to showcase Chinese literature, encourage innovations in the arts, and to promote mutual friendship and understanding among all peoples.
David Gockley, General Director of the San Francisco Opera, is pleased to be collaborating with CHF Friends on this important artistic undertaking. He looks forward to working with Bright Sheng again, with whom he had collaborated previously.
Both Sheng and Hwang have been in the Twin Cities recently to meet with CHF Friends to discuss this important opera initiative. They have collaborated before (Silver River) and are excited to be working together again.
More information is available on the CHF website: www.chineseheritagefoundation.org/programs/dream-project.html.
Chinese Heritage Foundation. The mission of the Chinese Heritage Foundation is to preserve and promote Chinese heritage, culture and history, and, at the same time, to encourage innovation in the arts. www.chineseheritagefoundation.org.
San Francisco Opera. Recognized internationally as one of the top opera companies in the world—heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars. The Company’s season contains approximately seventy-five performances of ten operas between September and July. www.sfopera.com.