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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: 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

March 17, 2017

Dream of the Red Chamber

an opera in two acts

April 13, 2017

Dance Capriccio


June 15, 2017

Concerto for Orchestra: Zodiac Tales
Premiere of 2016 version


July 25, 2017

Three Fantasies


September 8th. & 9th. 2017

China Premiere

Dream of the Red Chamber

an opera in two acts

October 24,25,27,30,31, and Nov.1 2017

Shanghai Overture


November 27 & 28 2017

Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

December 22, 2017

Shanghai Overture





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

The Opera Dream of the Red Chamber tours in China in September!


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 will have its exciting Chinese premiere in Beijing. The tickets now are on sale at Beijing Poly theatre!

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



Intimacy of Creativity

Hailed by the Financial Times as the "city's most innovative musical experience," The Intimacy of Creativity returns to Hong Kong for its exciting 2017 season!

New this season is the IC2017 Contemporary Song Festival taking place Feb 27, 2017 – March 5, 2017 presented in collaboration with the critically acclaimed New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) and Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Artistic Director, Bright Sheng, will be joined by featured Distinguished Guest Composer, Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music; and Distinguished Guest Artist, Michael Barrett, renowned pianist, conductor, and co-founder and associate artistic director of NYFOS; together with guest vocal artists.


IC2017 will conclude with the IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival taking place April 17 – 23, 2017. Artistic Director, Bright Sheng, will be joined by Distinguished Guest Composer and Director of the Grawemeyer Award for Composition, Marc Satterwhite; Guest Artists Dan Zhu, renowned violinist and returning IC Guest Artist; Oliver Triendl, acclaimed German pianist and founder of the Kempten Classix Festival; Chad Burrow, acclaimed clarinetist; and IC2017 Emerging Ensemble-in-Residence, the Altius Quartet. more information


The Intimacy of Creativity 2017 Call-for-Scores



The Last Train: Bright Sheng at TEDxUofM