Songs and plays about Vietnamese soldiers and heroic mothers will be performed at the the semi-final round of Chuông Vàng Vọng Cổ (Golden Bell), the national traditional music contest for cải lương artists launched by the HCM City Television.(Photo courtesy of the organiser)
HCM CITY— The national traditional music contest, Chuông Vàng Vọng Cổ (Golden Bell) 2020, has completed in HCM City to find young talents in this traditional music genre from all three regions the North, Centre and South of the country.
Organised by HCM City Television, the event encourages young people to learn about cải lương (reformed opera), the south’s most popular theatre form.
Its semi-final round features 36 candidates who performed and won at the contest’s selective rounds organized in six cities and provinces across the country has completed before the new community cases of COVID-19 patients were confirmed.
Candidates are working with skilled performers, such as Meritorious Artist Thoại Mỹ, Phượng Loan and Hữu Quốc, to prepare for their performance.
They will perform vọng cổ (nostalgic tunes) songs and cải lương plays in praise of patriotism and the beauty of the country. The works featuring historical events and national heroes are also included.
“Performances at the contest's semi and final rounds will send deep love and respect for Vietnamese soldiers and martyrs,” said Meritorious Artist and theatre director Đinh Thanh Sơn, a member of the organising board.
Chuông Vàng Vọng Cổ 2020 began in June and attracted 386 participants aged 16 to 35 in Việt Nam.
The semi-final round’s performances will be aired live on HTV9 channel to serve millions of viewers around the country.
The final round will take place for four nights in September. Audiences will vote for the winners.
Ten finalists will compete for different prizes, including the first prize Golden Bell worth VNĐ100 million (US$4,300) in cash, Silver Bell worth VNĐ50 million ($2,150), Favourite Performer and Youngest Talent.
People’s Artist Bạch Tuyết, a member of the jury of the national traditional music contest Chuông Vàng Vọng Cổ (Golden Bell) 2020. (Photo courtesy of the organiser)
The jury includes cải lương stars, such as People’s Artist Bạch Tuyết, People’s Artist Minh Vương and People’s Artist Thanh Tuấn who played a role in the development of Vietnamese theatre and have more than 60 years of experience in the art.
Chuông Vàng Vọng Cổ Contest began in 2006 and has discovered and encouraged new talents in theatre. Many Golden Bell winners, such as Ngọc Đợi and Võ Minh Lâm, have become professional artists working for leading traditional art troupes in the southern region.— VNS