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Classical singers host concert at Opera House

Update: October, 03/2016 - 09:00
Music director Trần Mạnh Hùng (middle) and four classical vocalists will perform at the Plaisir D’Amour concert at the HCM City Opera House on October 5. – File photo courtesy of the organiser
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY – Leading vocalists of Việt Nam’s chamber music scene will present a concert featuring international and Vietnamese compositions at the HCM City Opera House on October 5.

Plaisir D’Amour will feature sopranos Hồng Vy and Duyên Huyền, tenor Đặng Dương and baritone Đào Mác. People’s Artist Quang Thọ will be guest performer at the concert.

All of the vocalists will perform with an ensemble of 30 musicians led by conductor Lê Ha My, a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

Composer and producer Trần Mạnh Hùng, who has directed classical concerts and produced albums for many famous singers, is the music director for the event.

“I chose a special song list for the concert,” said Hùng, who is known for his folk suite Dòng Chảy (The Flow), an arrangement of 21 famous folk songs from all parts of the country that denotes a journey from childhood – likened to a stream – to old age.

The first part of the programme will include famous operatic extracts, semi-classical songs and pop songs remixed in chamber music style.

“All of the songs will surprise audiences at the Opera House,” Hùng said, adding that the second part would be Vietnamese folk songs.

“Popular folk songs from three regions of Việt Nam will be recomposed for the vocalists and the chamber ensemble,” he said.

Hồng Vy, who initiated the concert, said: “With passion and love for chamber music, we promise to bring a musical party to audiences in HCM City.”

Vy shot to fame after finishing runner-up in Sao Mai (Morning Star), a TV singing contest organised by Việt Nam Television in 2001.

The graduate of the HCM City Conservatory of Music was awarded Meritorious Artist in 2012 for her contribution to Việt Nam’s music scene.

In 2013, she and her colleague, singer Tuấn Anh, hosted a chamber music concert called Amore Musica at the city’s conservatory and received a warm welcome from resident music fans.

Vy is a soloist with the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).

Three other artists are graduates of the Việt Nam National Academy of Music (VNAM) and teach at music universities in the country.

They have performed with prestigious orchestras like the HBSO, VNAM Orchestra, Việt Nam National Symphony Orchestra, and Northeast German Philharmonic Orchestra.

Plaisir D’Amour will begin at 8pm at the Opera House at 7 Lam Sơn Square in District 1. Tickets are available at the box office. – VNS

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