Northern California’s Red Bean Cantonese Opera, Inc. was founded in 1996 and reorganized in 1999 under the leadership of Red Bean Opera’s current President and Artistic Director Jing Liang, Sifu, with a vision of inspiring, educating and training a new generation of performers in regional Cantonese Opera, the original and most enduring expression of the operatic arts in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1999, a Grand Partnership of dedicated volunteers committed to Madam Liang’s vision has formed around Red Bean Opera and is today comprised of more than 80 members, advisors, sponsors and supporters whose contributions of time, talent and professional services have made the troupe’s many successes possible. Red Bean Opera cast and crew regularly join in activities hosted for charitable purposes, most often for the benefit of the elderly.
Currently, Red Bean Opera has staged or participated in more than 36 operatic events, including the production and performance of four full-length operas, the 2000 Emperor Han’s Dream of Lady Wai; the 2003 The Lioness Roars, the 2006 The Case of The Headless Murder and, for 2010, The Moon Pavilion. Other theatrical presentations have featured extended offerings of vignettes and duets drawn from larger operatic works. As an academic institution, Red Bean Opera places special emphasis on encouraging the participation of young performers in Cantonese Opera through the presentation of 18 to 25-week theater arts training programs for students ages 8 through 20. San Francisco’s Walter and Elise Haas Fund have generously awarded grant funding to assist with these programs.