San Francisco Opera to Present ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’

By Francisco Salazar

San Francisco Opera is set to present Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang’s “Dream of the Red Chamber.

The opera, which is set to be presented from June 14 to July 3 at the War Memorial Opera House, is a musical retelling of the 18th-century novel by Cao Xueqin, one of China’s literary masterworks.

The opera, which will be directed by Stan Lai, will star Korean tenor Konu Kim and Chinese soprano Meigui Zhang, both making their company debuts. They will be joined by Chinese mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu, Korean mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim and Taiwanese soprano Karen Chia-ling Ho.  Rounding out the cast will be mezzo-soprano Sabina Kim and mezzo-soprano Guang Yang. San Francisco-born actor Francis Jue will perform the non-singing role of the Monk.

Singaporean maestro Darrell Ang leads the production,

For audiences not in San Francisco, the opera will be live streamed on June 19 and will be available on-demand for 48 hours.