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On Gold Mountain

Thu., May. 12, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Chinese Garden
Event Notes: 
Members: $135; Non-Members: $150
Add to Calendar 05/12/2022 07:30 PM 05/12/2022 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles On Gold Mountain Visit page - The Huntington - Chinese Garden

After Hours Performance in the Chinese Garden
Eight performance dates: May 5–8, 12–15
7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.

Experience a unique outdoor opera in the breathtaking Chinese Garden at The Huntington, based on the memoir On Gold Mountain. Composed by Nathan Wang and based on the best-selling book by Lisa See, this dramatic musical performance tells the true story of Fong See, a pioneer of Los Angeles’ Chinatown who immigrated to America to work and find his fortune. Along the way he overcame many obstacles, finding both love and hardship. Most importantly, he discovered himself. In the opera, we not only relive the experiences of Fong See, his American wife Ticie, and other Chinese pioneers, but we also realize the ways in which memory and experience influence our sense of who we are.

Chinese Garden at night

The opera features a colorful musical score by Nathan Wang, The Huntington's 2022–23 Cheng Family Foundation Visiting Artist in the Chinese Garden that blends Western and traditional Chinese music. 

COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR: Nathan Wang, LIBRETTIST:  Lisa See, DIRECTOR: Jennifer Chang COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR: Nathan Wang   |   LIBRETTIST:  Lisa See    |   DIRECTOR: Jennifer Chang


FONG SEE: Zhengyi Bai   |   TICIE - Brooke Iva Lohman   |   YOUNG FONG SEE/NGON HONG'S DAUGHTER - Christine Oh

FONG DUN SHUNG - Paul Chwe MinChul An   |   MADAM MATILDE - Lily Smith   |   MATCHMAKER - Jessica M. Choi  

 Event Info

  • The performance will take place outdoors in Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Chinese Garden at The Huntington.
  • Running time: Approximately 90 minutes without intermission (no concessions will be available).
  • General seating (first come, first served).
  • Masks optional outdoors.
  • Golf carts will be available to take guests from the entrance to the Chinese Garden.

Due to some subject matter, this production is recommended for ages 12 and up. No outside food or drinks please. Tickets will not be available at the door. All sales final. In the event of rain, the performance will be canceled and your purchase will be considered a donation to The Huntington.

On Gold Mountain is made possible by the support of many generous donors.