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HBSO Program for June 2019

Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will be presenting 3 remarkable programs in July.

Trần Vương Thạch
Stéphane Trần Ngọc

The Opera House is dedicated for the talents of the virtuoso violinist Stéphane Tran Ngoc, a French-Vietnamese artist who won prestigious awards: Lipizer, Paganini, Grand Prix ... His talents exploded the Opera House’s concert hall in Ho Chi Minh City when he played four concertos in A. Vivaldi's Four Seasons series. The inner strength and virtuosity created his reputation at European concert halls.

This time, a series of masterpieces for violin will be performed including: Thaïs by J.Massenet, Tzigane by M. Ravel, Havanaise by C. Saint-Saëns, Poème by E. Chausson and the Violin Concerto No. 2 by J. Bologne.

Any classical music lover would want to listen to these works live, especially by an international artist like Stéphane Tran Ngoc.

13 8:00 PM, Saturday
July 2018

The most prominent is probably the return of the famous Suite Ballet Carmen. Premiered in the 60s of the last century, the suite ballet Carmen choreographed by the famous Alberto Alonso continues to fascinate and impress ballet lovers by conveying the special personality of Carmen in the contemporary social context. The music is undeniably famous, however, is re-arranged in the strings and percussion instruments by Shchedrin, which brings a new sense for Carmen. This time, Nguyen Thu Trang is still in the role of Carmen, besides the excellent artists Ho Phi Diep, Tran Hoang Yen, Dam Duc Nhuan ... This performance is one of the most awaited by audiences during the annual HBSO season.

Also on the same night, there are also two other ballet works, which were recently released. DÉPAYSEMENT leaves strong impression for the beauty of modern ballet by the excellent French choreographer Julien Guérin. The audience has not forgotten the beautiful poses of Tran Hoang Yen and Chloe Glemot, this time to be replaced by Yuki Hiroshige. The romance of the piece adds to the critical thinking together make the work a little surreal.

FALLING ANGELS by choreographer Nguyen Phuc Hung is also his latest work, with the participation of two talented young ballet artists Do Hoang Khang Ninh and Sung A Lung, the two represent the pure beauty of youth, fragile and passion which is the strongest impression for the audience.

Suite Ballet Carmen will be performed at 8pm on July 20 and 21, 2019 at the Opera House.

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July 2018
21 8:00 PM, Sunday
July 2018
Trần Nhật Minh
Igor Chystokletov
Tormod Åsgård

The last concert in July named A Night of Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich will perform the Symphony No. 5 by the great Russian composer P.I.Tchaikovsky. This is one of the best and most performed symphonies in the history of world music, the one that is used for many soundtracks, later set lyrics and many uses in television shows.

The concert also features D.Shostakovich's famous Concerto for piano and trumpet, performed by two guest artists artists Igor Chystokletov (piano) and Tormod Åsgård (trumpet). Shostakovich’s music falls into the later Romantic period which gives strong impression with unique sounds and strong musical personality. All that will be clearly expressed in his Concerto for piano and trumpet.

The concert begins with Adagio from A. Khachaturian's ballet "Spartacus". A Night of Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich is under the baton of the young talented conductor Tran Nhat Minh.

The performance is at 8pm July 27th, 2019 at the Opera House.

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July 2018

The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Opera House (Vietnamese: Nha hat lon Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh; French: Opera de Saigon), is an opera house in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam.

Built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret as the Opera de Saigon, the 800 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was not until 1975 that it was again used as a theatre, and restored in 1995.

Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra”, with its primary objective being: “Staging and giving concerts featuring masterpieces of the world academic music as well as Vietnamese classical and contemporary works, building a rich repertoire of orchestral, ensemble, solo, opera, and ballet numbers..etc... in order to meet the increasing public and tourist demands in the City and the Southern region.”