Join the 1990 Institute at the World Premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber
Thursday, September 29th – Closing Night!
The 1990 Institute goes to… DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER
|When:||7:30 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016 l|
|When:||War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco | directions & parking|
|Tickets:||(this event has concluded)
Don’t miss the closing performance of this magical world premiere production with 1990 Institute board members & friends!
Experience 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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