|Emotional voice: Contestant Đỗ Tố Hoa won first prize in the chamber music genre of this year’s Sao Mai (Morning Star) singing contest. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Đỗ Tố Hoa, a former student at the Military University of Culture and Arts who is currently studying in China, won the chamber music award of the prestigious Sao Mai (Morning Star) singing contest on Saturday. Hoa’s soft emotional voice and attractive manner in performing Vũ Khúc Mùa Xuân (Spring Dance) won over the judges and audience.
The highest prize for the contest’s folk music genre went to Sèn Hoàng Mỹ Lam, a Nùng ethic contestant with her performance of Tiếng Hát Trên Đỉnh Hoàng Liên Sơn (Singing Voice on Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountain Peak); the pop genre prize was awarded to Nguyễn Thị Thu Thủy, who impressed the judges with her unique voice in the mashup Rũ Cánh – Thăng Hoa (Fallen Wings - Sublimation).
The striking feature of this year’s Sao Mai contest, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, was its all-female finalists selection.
The singing contest, first conceived as the National Television Singing Festival, is held every two years since 1997. Well-known Vietnamese singers of chamber music, folk music and pop have emerged from the contest. — VNS