Dream of the Red Chamber and Red Cliff

13 & 14 Jul 2018 (Fri & Sat)


SCO Concert Hall

Conductor: Tsung Yeh

Soprano: Wu Bixia

TenorJonathan Charles Tay

Narrator: Jeffrey Low

Chorus Mistress: Khor Ai Ming

Choir: Vocal Associates Festival Choruses

In Collaboration with Lianhe Zaobao: Pre-Concert Talk Series– Music and Poetry

Topic: The Maestro and The Poet; Dream of the Red Chamber
and Battle of the Red Cliff
Speaker: Mr Choo Thiam Siew and Tsung Yeh
Host: Woo Mun Ngan
Date/Time: 14 July 2018 (Sat), 6.30pm
Venue: Singapore Conference Hall, Zhong Foyer (Level 3)
Admission to Pre-Concert Talk is free.
Pre-concert talk is conducted in Mandarin.



Dream of the Red Chamber Suite / Lyrics by Cao Xueqin, Composed by Wang Li Ping

Symphonic Poem: Battle of the Red Cliff / Chen Ning-Chi

First Movement: Torrents of the River Eastward Flows Overture

Second Movement: Mask

Third Movement:  Enticing Scenes After Scenes

Fourth Movement:  Battle of the Red Cliff


SCO 2018-19 concert season kickstarts its season opening concert presenting two classical masterpieces. Dream of the Red Chamber Suite has swept the Chinese community by storm for decades and remain deeply etched in the minds of its audience. The Battle of the Red Cliff illustrates ancient battlefield scenes depicting heroic scenes and times. Internationally-acclaimed soprano, Wu Bi Xia, hailed as “the nightingale that sings songs of the East and West”, will enchant you into the world of Cao Xue Qin. Lauded for singing the role of Ah Niu in SCO’s recent Musical Film Concert: Liu San Jie, Jonathan Charles Tay will portray Cao Cao, who advocates the enjoyment of wine and songs, for life is short.

Ticket Prices: (before SISTIC fees): $98, $78, $68, $48/$30*, $25**