Post by Uncle Henry on Dec 20, 2017 2:06:51 GMT -5
Picture Post-card thirty-seven
This card displays a photograph of the Hanoi Opera House. The city of Hanoi was the capital of the some-time colony of Indochine française, and supports a population of around eight million people. The building was erected in Edwardian times.
To-day the orchestra of the opera overlaps with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, and calls on the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanoi Conservatory. Famous singers of the company include the Tchaikovsky Conservatory-trained soprano Lê Dung, the youngest person ever to be awarded People's Artist of Vietnam, in 1993.
The Opera has seen many premieres of operas and musicals by Vietnamese composers, such as the operas of Đỗ Nhuận - Cô Sao ("Miss Sao") 1965, Người tạc tượng ("The Sculptor") 1971 and Nguyễn Trãi 1980, the works of Lưu Hữu Phước and the choral works of film composer Đặng Hữu Phúc, as well as works by returning emigre composers such as Nguyễn Thiên Đạo, a pupil of Messiaen in Paris.
The National Ballet is also part of the Opera House company - and stages Western classics such as Swan Lake as well as traditional and modern Vietnamese dance productions.
Note that the Hanoi Opera House is sometimes known as the Hanoi Municipal Theatre; it is not to be confused with the Saigon Opera House (or Saigon Municipal Theatre), which is a rather smaller building in a rather similar architectural style.