Bright Sheng's New Opera Reviewed by NBC

Trimmed from 120 Chapters, 'Dream of the Red Chamber' To Debut as Opera

by Frances Kai-hwa Wang, Feb 29th 2016, NBC News

How do you distill one of the most expansive, celebrated works of Chinese literature into an opera? You trim and you workshop.

”Dream of the Red Chamber,” a new opera written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and MacArthur Fellow and composer Bright Sheng, saw its first American workshop performance earlier this month at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ahead of its scheduled September debut.

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