Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Sao Mai (Morning Star) singing contest is calling for registrations from Vietnamese people and foreigners who are interested in singing, Trần Hồng Hà, representing the organising board said at the press conference held yesterday in Hà Nội.
The winner of the contest will represent Việt Nam in the ABU Television Song Contest, held annually by the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).
The song contest, first conceived as the National Television Singing Festival, has been held by Việt Nam Television (VTV) every two years since 1997.
It aims to boost the singing movement among people nationwide and communities of overseas Vietnamese.
Well-known Vietnamese singers of chamber music, folk music and pop have emerged from the contest.
This year it is also open to foreigners living in Việt Nam. The contestants must be aged 17-27.
Đào Tố Loan, winner of the Morning Star contest in 2011, performs at the press conference on the contest yesterday. She now teaches at the Việt Nam Academy of Music (VNAM). She won first prize at the Singapore Lyric Opera ASEAN Vocal Competition 2018. — VNS Photo Minh Thu
The contest will take place in three regions. The final round of the south will be held from January 16-20, the central and Central Highlands region from January 24-27, and the north from January 18-22. The regional rounds will select 15 finalists to enter the national final round in March and April of next year.
Musician Dương Cầm will serve as music director of the contest. Cầm is a famous musician who has judged many singing contests. Early this year, he received the titles of Producer of the Year and Musician of the Year at the prestigious Devotion Music Awards, held annually by Vietnam News Agency’s Thể Thao Văn Hóa (Sport & Culture) daily.
Judges for the Morning Star contest will include noble musicians, singers and musical experts.
“Morning Star is the only singing contest with three categories: chamber music, folk music and pop,” said Hà. “With strict criteria, the contest promises to find musical talents who are serious about pursuing performing arts.”
“The contest has helped promote singers who have talent in singing and responsibility in their profession.” — VNS