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

February 16, 2019

Clearwater Rhapsody
for Erhu, Violin, Violoncello and Piano

Feburary 20, 2019

Three Chinese Love Songs for soprano, viola and piano

February 25 – March 1, 2019

Bright Sheng, guest composer
Music of the 21st Century
Indianapolis

February 28, 2019 7:30 p.m.

A Tune from Childhood for alto saxophone
Little Cabbage for Eb clarinet and Bb clarinet
Three Love Songs for soprano, viola and piano
Seven Tunes Heard in China for solo cello
My Other Song for solo piano

March 1, 2019 7:30 p.m.

Shanghai Overture (2007)

Song of Majnun (1992)

Dream of the Red Chamber (2016)
Act I, Scene III

Two Folk Songs
I. Boatmen’s Song (2004)

II. Thirty Mile Village (2011)

China Dreams (1992-1995)
I. Prelude
Postcards (1997)
V. From the Mountains
VI. From the River Valley

March 20, 2019

Zodiac Tales

April 6, 2019

Dance Capriccio




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