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: 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 Performances

September 10, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber
an opera in two acts World Premiere


September 28, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture
World Premiere


November 9, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture
Country Premiere


November 11, 2016

Three Fantasies

Country Premiere

November 12, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture


November 15, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture


November 18, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture


November 20, 2016

Three Fantasies

Country Premiere

November 21, 2016

Dream of the Red Chamber Overture
Country Premiere




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, 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

New Opera Showcase 2016: Dream of the Red Chamber — Interview with the Creators



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