september, 2016

10sep(sep 10)7:00 pm29(sep 29)7:00 pmWORLD PREMIER.Bright Sheng : Dream of the Red Chamber. San Francisco Opera War Memorial Opera House. USA.


Event Details

Bright Sheng : Dream of the Red Chamber
 10, 13, 18m, 23, 27, 29 Sep 2016 
In English, and surtitled in English
Libretto: David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng, after the book by Cao Xueqin
San Francisco, War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco Opera
Conductor George Manahan
Director Stan Lai
Design Tim Yip
video John Wong
Lighting Gary Marder
Choreographer @cFang-Yi Sheu
Chorus master Ian Robertson
Dai Yu Pureum Jo
Bao Yu Yijie Shi
Bao Chai Nian Wang
Granny Jia Qiulin Zhang
Lady Wang Hyona Kim
Princess Jia Karen Chia-Ling Ho
Aunt Xue Yanyu Guo
World premiere

Bright Sheng : Dream of the Red Chamber

Beggars drift through the ruins of a once-great home, as a Monk appears. He needs to tell the world an extraordinary story: a stone, left behind from the construction of Heaven, nurtured a crimson pearl flower with its dew for 3,000 years. Together, Stone and Flower seek to fulfill their love by living as mortals on earth. The Monk tries to dissuade them from such a course. But Stone and Flower disobey, traveling through a magic mirror to earth.
Flower becomes Dai Yu, a brilliant but sickly young woman, whose mother has just died. She arrives in the home of one of the dynasty’s most prestigious old families, the Jia clan. Granny Jia, Dai Yu’s grandmother, loved Dai Yu’s late mother. But Lady Wang, Granny Jia’s daughter-in-law, takes an immediate dislike to the newcomer.
The Stone becomes the Jia’s sole male heir, Bao Yu, Lady Wang’s son, a spoiled youth, born with a piece of jade in his mouth. When introduced, Bao Yu and Dai Yu feel they’ve met before. Envoys from the Emperor announce the promotion of Bao Yu’s elder sister to the coveted rank of Princess. For generations, the Jia’s have owed a huge debt to the Imperial Court, but Princess’ promotion suggests that the Emperor might be willing to make peace with his long-time rivals.
Later that night, Bao Yu hears Dai Yu playing the qin (a stringed instrument). They begin to write poems together, and her skill is superior. They resolve to transform the world with music.
To counter Dai Yu’s influence, Lady Wang brings the beautiful Bao Chai, from the wealthy Xue Clan, into their home. Her mother, Aunt Xue, seeks entrée to high society, while Lady Wang, her sister, seeks the Jias’ money to repay the Imperial Debt, and they hope to make a match. Though Bao Chai is the perfect woman of her time, Bao Yu’s disgusted by her practicality. Granny, on the other hand, hopes her grandson will marry Dai Yu. Bao Yu has an erotic dream in which both women appear. Though attracted to Bao Chai, he feels Dai Yu is his soulmate.
Princess Jia arrives home for a visit. She tells Lady Wang that the Palace is filled with enemies, and she fears she cannot keep her position. The Emperor wants Bao Yu to marry Bao Chai, and Princess gives them both the same gift to symbolize these wishes. This delights Lady Wang, upsets Granny, and throws Dai Yu fears into despair. But Bao Yu resolves their love will triumph.
Dai Yu’s health continues to decline. On the bank of her favorite lake, she buries the falling peach blossom petals. Overhearing her, Bao Yu grows profoundly moved. She teases him about the Princess’ wish for him to marry Bao Chai, and storms off. But she overhears Bao Yu declaring that he remains devoted to her.
Bao Chai encourages Bao Yu to submit his name for a high post, and he rebukes her. Saddened, Bao Chai tells Dai Yu she only wants the young man’s happiness. The two rivals bond as sisters.
Granny Jia falls ill. She declares that she wants her grandson to marry Dai Yu. A eunuch arrives, bearing a letter from the Princess: she has lost the power struggle, and will be dead by the time they read this. There’s only one way for the Jia’s to save themselves. Granny Jia dies, sending the clan into mourning.
Now head of the clan, Lady Wang orders her son to carry out the Emperor’s wishes and marry Bao Chai. This is the only way to pay back the Imperial debt. Lady Wang sends Dai Yu away to her favorite Lake, where she burns the poems she and Bao Yu wrote. But Bao Yu makes a stand for love, and tells Lady Wang he will become a Monk. Defeated, Lady Wang agrees to let Bao Yu marry Dai Yu.
Bao Yu exchanges vows with Dai Yu, who is veiled. Once they are married, Bao Yu discovers he’s actually married Bao Chai, tricked by Aunt Xue and Lady Wang! Suddenly, imperial soldiers storm in to confiscate all property of the Jia and Xue Clans. The Emperor only encouraged this marriage, so that when he arrested the Jia’s, he could also seize the Xue fortune.
We realize that the Monk is Bao Yu’s older self, writing his own life story. After the wedding, Dai Yu slowly walked into the Lake and drowned herself. The Jia Family became beggars, wandering through the illusion known as life.
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Season: Sep-Jun
Capacity: 3176 seats 200 standing

Booking: in person, postal, phone  Phone: +1 (415) 864 3330
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00  Disabled access: Wheelchair space  Hearing impaired: Hearing aids



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