Join the 1990 Institute at the World Premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber 

Thursday, September 29th – Closing Night!

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The 1990 Institute goes to… DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER

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When: 7:30 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016
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When:

 

War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco | directions & parking
Tickets: (this event has concluded)
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  • NOTE:  
    • A portion of ticket proceeds will support the 1990 Institute
    • You save 10-15%+ off regular seat prices
    • You can also save on the SF Opera handling fee of $12

 

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Don’t miss the closing performance of this magical world premiere production with 1990 Institute board members & friends!
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dream-of-the-red-chamberExperience Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s greatest classical novels, done in the Western classical opera tradition and adapted for contemporary audiences by iconic stage director Stan Lai, one of the most celebrated playwright/directors in Asia, and Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.
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Performed and sung in English
, and commissioned by the San Francisco Opera, the Dream of the Red Chamber  (also known as The Story of the Stone) is based on the book by 18th-century Qing Dynasty writer Cao Xueqin and is a story as famous in China as Romeo and Juliet is in the West.
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This opera adaptation focuses on the illustrious Jia clan and recounts the love triangle of the Jia’s young heir and nobleman  Bao Yu with two very different women: one his spiritual soulmate, Dai Yu, and the other a worldly beauty and heiress named Bao Chai. Trouble ensues when the Emperor rejects Princess Jia as his favored concubine, a move that threatens the family’s fortune and Bao Yu’s union with Dai Yu. Framed by dreamlike prologue and epilogue sequences featuring The Monk, a mysterious figure who may be the author himself, Dream of the Red Chamber relates the poetry and sadness of the original Chinese tale as a lush and lyrical 21st century opera.
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Director Stan Lai says, “I aim to blend Chinese aesthetics and Asian philosophies within a contemporary sensibility, to create a play between visual lushness and sparseness befitting the score and the novel’s themes of impermanence.
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This opera is done in two acts and features music by renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng.  The work strives to be true to the spirit of the Chinese original, while also being accessible to modern audiences.lk
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Other Highlights:
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  • The English-language libretto was developed by Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwangwinner of the 1988 Broadway Tony Award for Best Play for M. Butterfly.
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  • Renowned artist Tim Yip is the production designer and the visionary behind the costumes and set. Yip received an Oscar for Best Art Direction and Costume Design for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
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  • American maestro George Manahan, acclaimed for his advocacy of new works, conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus for Dream of the Red Chamber‘s six performances, running September 10–29.
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  • Length:  Approximately 3 hours, including 20-minute intermission
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  • Read the synopsis of the story
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  • Sung in English, with English supertitles. * OperaVision, HD video projection screens, are featured in the Balcony level for this performance.
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  • Learn more:
    • Hear the interview featuring David Henry Hwang and director Stan Lai
    • Read the story’s synopsis of the story
    • Hear some of the music
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  • The Cast features established and rising Asian singers:
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    • Chinese tenor Yijie Shi and South Korean soprano Pureum Jo make their San Francisco Opera debuts as Bao Yu and Dai Yu, the young lovers who are also incarnations of two divine entities, the Stone and Crimson-Pearl Flower, descended to the earthly realm to experience love.
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    • Making her Company debut, South Korean mezzo-soprano Hyona Kim is Lady Wang, the elder who schemes to marry Bao Yu to Bao Chai, an heiress of the wealthy Xue Clan.
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    • Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts, who impressed San Francisco Opera audiences this summer in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, is the beautiful Bao Chai.
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    • Making her United States and Company debuts, Chinese contralto Qiulin Zhang is Granny Jia, the clan elder who attempts to secure a happy future for Bao Yu and Dai Yu.
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    • Taiwanese soprano and Merola Opera Program alumna Karen Chia-ling Ho is the fallen concubine Princess Jia and Chinese-American mezzo-soprano and former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Yanyu Guo is Aunt Xue.
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    • Japanese-American Bay Area actor Randall Nakano will make his San Francisco Opera debut in the non-singing role of The Monk.

9/29 Ticketholders:
Don’t miss our separate 9/19 “Evening with Stan Lai” — the reception fireside chat is moderated by Joan Chen.

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