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HBSO presents night of famous opera arias

LOVELY VOICE - Soprano Duyên Nguyệt will perform in “An Opera Music Night” concert held at the HCM City Opera House on March 4. Photo courtesy of HBSO

HCM CITY – Soloists from the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will perform beautiful operatic arias in “An Opera Music Night” concert held at the Opera House on March 4.

Tenor Phạm Trang will open the night with aria Mercé diletti amici from the four-act opera Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi.

Set in 1519, the opera is based on the 1830 play Hernani by Victor Hugo, featuring a bandit, Ernani, and the Holy Roman Emperor.

The work was first performed in 1844 in Vernice and became Verdi’s most popular opera.

The concert will continue with Parigi, o cara from another Verdi opera, La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) featuring Trang and soprano Duyên Nguyệt.

Nguyệt will also sing Depuis le Jour (Since the Day), a love song from the four-act opera Louise by French composer Gustave Charpentier, which premiered in 1900.

ACCLAIMED SINGER - Baritone Đào Mác will sing Komm, Zigány (Come, Gypsies) from Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Grafin Mariza (Countess Maritza). Photo courtesy of HBSO

Baritone Đào Mác will perform Komm, Zigány (Come, Gypsies) from Grafin Mariza (Countess Maritza), an operetta in three acts composed by Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán.

The opera, which premiered in 1924 in Vienna and was written in German, depicts the relationship between the rich countess and her penniless estate manager, Count Tassilo.

The programme will feature Care Compagne from La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker), a two-act opera by Vincenzo Bellini that premiered in Paris in 1827. It will be sung by soprano Phạm Khánh Ngọc, runner-up at the SLO- ASEAN Vocal Competition in Singapore in 2016.

The HBSO Choir will present two arias from Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s operas Lucia di Lammermoor and L'Elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love).

After the intermission will be arias from French composer Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, depicting the tragedy of Carmen, a fiery gypsy, who falls in love with Don José.

The performance will feature vocalists Phan Hồng Dịu and Võ Nguyễn Thành Tâm.

Trần Nhật Minh, who holds a master's in music in conducting from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, will wield the baton.

The concert will begin at 8pm. The venue is at 7 Lam Sơn Square in District 1. Tickets can be purchased at the venue’s box office and www.ticketbox.vn. — VNS

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