Excerpts of Famous Italian Operas to be Staged in Hanoi

This month, the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet will be bringing the Italian Colosseum to Hanoi in a riveting opera gala called "Paradiso dell'opera".

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The highly-anticipated Opera Gala is set to captivate audiences with a dazzling showcase of talent. With more than 100 artists participating, this extraordinary event promises to be a night of pure enchantment. Mark your calendars for June 21st and 22nd at 8 p.m., as the Hanoi Opera House in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, comes alive with the magic of this extraordinary performance. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience.

 Soprano singer To Loan will join the Opera Gala – Paradiso dell’opera. Photo: VNOB 

The Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) is set to showcase the splendor and elegance of Italian opera, a genre of music that originates from the heart of Europe. Through breathtaking performances, talented artists will bring the timeless beauty and grandeur of Italian opera to Vietnamese audiences. This cultural exchange aims to introduce the captivating art form to a new audience and further enrich the local arts scene.

Opera, which originated in Florence, Italy in the late 16th century, is a unique art form that combines music and theater. With its inclusion of singers, choirs, orchestras, and additional art forms like ballet and drama, opera offers a multi-dimensional experience for its audience. Not only does it entertain, but it also serves as a medium for social commentary. Through its performances, opera sheds light on the social realities of its time, portraying the struggles and hardships faced by the working class. It explores the lives of the oppressed, unraveling their destinies and highlighting their desires for freedom and liberation. Opera is a powerful art form that allows for the expression of deep emotions and tells stories that resonate with audiences across time.

Through the enchanting melodies of classic Italian operas such as “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini, and “Le nozze di Figaro” by Mozart, local and international audiences in Hanoi will be transported to a vibrant and immersive world reminiscent of the Italian Colosseum or opulent European balls. This unique experience allows audiences to indulge in the rich tapestry of emotions and stories that these timeless masterpieces offer.

“The audience will be delighted by the ‘back-to-super-classic’ Italian opera, a mesmerizing and surreal experience set in the passionate world of Italy,” enthusiastically expressed VNOB Director Phan Manh Duc.

Italian opera continues to play a dominant role in the world’s performances. Photo: VNOB

The “Paradiso dell’opera” is set to showcase a stellar lineup of opera artists, including the likes of To Loan, Huy Duc, Trang Tran, and more. Adding to the enchantment will be the Hanoi Voices Choir, led by the talented conductor Dong Quang Vinh, providing captivating live music throughout the event.

To Loan is a highly acclaimed opera singer from Vietnam, known for her remarkable soprano voice. She is widely recognized as one of the most prominent opera singers of the 21st century in her country. In her upcoming performance, she will be showcasing her vocal prowess by performing the aria “Ah fors’e lui che l’anima” from the opera “La Dame aux camélias”. In this role, she will portray the character Violetta and express her desire for a happy and fulfilled love life. Additionally, To Loan will have a romantic duet with singer Anh Vu, performing the beautiful piece “Un dì Felice eterea”. This performance promises to be a captivating and mesmerizing experience for all opera enthusiasts.

Trang Tran is a renowned opera artist known for her exceptional talent as a lyric soprano. She has captivated audiences in Vietnam with her mesmerizing performances in various musicals and opera productions. One of her notable roles includes Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, where she showcased her impressive vocal range and emotional depth. Trang Tran has also portrayed the character of Cosette in Les Misérables, a role that demands both powerful vocals and a heartfelt portrayal.

Beyond her exceptional performances in musical theater, Trang Tran has also established herself as a solo opera singer, showcasing her incredible talent and versatility. She has delighted audiences with her renditions of beloved classics, her voice transporting listeners to a world of beauty and emotion.

In an upcoming opera gala, Trang Tran will be performing two captivating pieces. The first is the aria “Quando m’en vo,” where she will display her lyrical soprano voice, creating an enchanting atmosphere with her graceful and expressive singing. The second piece is the duet “O Soave Favilla,” a beautiful duet that will demonstrate Trang Tran’s ability to harmonize and collaborate with fellow performers.

Trang Tran’s presence in the opera scene of Vietnam is truly remarkable, as she continues to captivate audiences with her exceptional talent and unforgettable performances. Her voice and stage presence have solidified her status as one of the country’s most celebrated opera artists, and her contributions to the art form are cherished by all who have had the privilege of witnessing her performances.

The upcoming show will feature the incredible talents of Korean artist Kim Yeo Won and two rising stars from Vietnam, Do Vu Trang Nhung and Truong Linh. This exciting lineup promises to captivate and impress audiences with their performances. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness the artistic brilliance of these talented individuals.