Dream of the Red Chamber: Get in the Know

Join us as we prepare for the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber. Learn about the evolution of one of China's greatest classical novels into this much-anticipated lush, lyrical opera. With musical previews, lectures, and free online courses, there is an opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves in "the single most famous love triangle in Chinese literary history (NPR)."


August–early September 2016


Throughout the Bay Area.


Varies by location. Please see below.

Free Online Course

Learn more about the story behind the opera with Dream of the Red Chamber: Afterlives, a free course and collection of exhibits by the University of Minnesota.

Explore the Asian Art Museum

As part of the collaboration between San Francisco Opera and the Asian Art Museum around the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber, we present this map of the Asian Art Museum's collection objects to spark your imagination. Pull up this downloadable PDF and take a self-guided tour of the artwork and artifacts inspired by Cao Xueqin's text throughout the museum.