News

The New York Times: "In March, the opera 'The dream of Red Chamber' will travel to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, which co-produced the work, and may tour elsewhere in Asia."

This stunning co-production with the San Francisco Opera marks another milestone, which is bound to be a highlight of the Hong Kong Arts Festival’s 45th anniversary. Performance will be on March 17 & 18, 2017 at Hong Kong culture center.



The Mercury News review of "Dream of the Red Chamber", the new "enchanting" opera by Bright Sheng, with co-librettist David Henry Hwang and director Stan Lai, with "dazzling sets and costumes by Academy Award-winning designer Tim Yip".

Read the SFGate on the "intermittently exquisite opera" with a "lush and varied score by composer Bright Sheng"

Also, check out the San Francisco Opera's photo gallery, with breathtaking images from "Dream of the Red Chamber":

Bright Sheng's newest album is released on Naxos for his chamber music and piano solo works titled: Northern Lights. The album is now available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes.




Bright Sheng's newest album is released on Naxos for his chamber music and piano solo works titled: A Night at the Chinese Opera. The album is now available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes




Bright Sheng's new album for his orchestra music The Blazing Mirage conducted by Bright Sheng and The Hong Kong Philharmonic is released on Naxos. The album now is available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes




Bright Sheng's Seven Tunes Heard in China is recently recorded by Alisa Weilerstein in her debut solo album. Now is available to order or download at Amazon or iTunes



Recent and Upcoming Major Performances

September 14, 2018

Nanking! Nanking!
A Thronedy for Pipa and Orchestra

September 16, 2018

Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet
Angel Fire Duo for Violin and Viola
Melodies of a Flute for Flute/Alto Flute, Violin, Violoncello and Marimba
Dance Capriccio for Piano and String Quartet

September 19, 2018

Seven Tunes Heard in China
for Solo Violoncello

September 22, 2018

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture

September 29, 2018

Never Far Away

October 12 & 13 2018

The Singing Gobi Desert
Nonet for Saxophone Quartet, Pipa, Sheng, Erhu, YangQin, and Percussions

November 3, 2018

Clearwater Rhapsody
for Erhu, Violin, Violoncello and Piano

November 14 & 15, 2018

Clearwater Rhapsody
for Erhu, Violin, Violoncello and Piano

December 3, 2018

Three Songs for Violoncello and Piano

December 9, 2018

Red Silk Dance

February 16, 2018

Clearwater Rhapsody
for Erhu, Violin, Violoncello and Piano



Bright Sheng conducting Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for The Intimacy of Creativity World Premiere Concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology April 21st. 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber


Opera Dream of the Red Chamber World Premiere--a World-wide Success Story:


-Within one week of the premiere, the entire run was sold out!
-A Chinadaily online video clip received 4 million hits in one week!
-Many audience went back to see it the second time!
-Many audience members, Chinese AND Americans alike, reported tearing eyes watching the opera
-Many, many more

The opera is based on the most important and popular novel in the history of Chinese literature also called The Story of the Stone, an autobiographical novel by the 18th Century writer Cao Xue Qing (曹雪芹).

An opera in two acts, music by Bright Sheng, libretto (in English) by David Henry Hwang and Bright Sheng, stage design by Tim Yip, directed by award-winning director Stan Lai had an incredible run at San Francisco War Memorial Opera House.


For more information about the opera please contact Peggy Monastra

After a successful premiere in San Francisco last fall, this beautiful production was again sold out at Hong Kong Arts festival in March 2017. On Setperber 8th and 9th, this San Francisco Opera production had its exciting Chinese premiere in Beijing at Beijing Poly theatre!

The Opera has subsequently toured to Changsha on September 15th. &16th. and Wuhan on 22nd. & 23rd.



Intimacy of Creativity

Hailed by the Financial Times as a festival with a “finely hewn sense of craft,” Intimacy of Creativity returns for another innovative season from April 23 to May 6, 2018

Founder and Artistic Director Bright Sheng is joined by Distinguished Guest Composer and chair of the composition department of the Juilliard School, Robert Beaser; Ensemble-in-Residence and critically acclaimed Israeli Chamber Project; Guest Artists Gilad Hochman, recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize; Yael Manor, Guest Artist and noted Israeli contemporary pianist; acclaimed Guest Artists from Hong Kong; and up to 6 emerging Composer Fellows selected through an international call-for-scores.


One Composer Fellow may be selected to have their featured work programmed on the 2018-19 Israel season of the Israeli Chamber Project, the season partner of IC2018, as part of a larger programming exchange to include the work of Bright Sheng.


The Intimacy of Creativity 2018





The Last Train: Bright Sheng at TEDxUofM