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Vietnamese and French artists join hands to stage Frédégonde opera
Hoang Phong
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Vietnamese and French artists join hands to stage Frédégonde opera

Hoang Phong

Director Caroline Blandpied (C) speaks at a press conference on the French opera “Fredegonde” performance in HCMC’s District 1 on October 12 - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

French opera “Fredegonde” by world-renowned composer Camille Saint-Saens will be staged for the first time in Vietnam at 8 p.m. on October 20 and 21 at the City Opera House in District 1, HCMC by leading artists from HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) and France’s La Fabrique Opera.

The two-night show, under the patronage of the Consulate General of France in HCMC and with the support of the French Institute in Vietnam, is expected to take audiences through a fantastic journey to delve into French historical and cultural features in an effort to further invigorate the active cooperation in culture and art between Vietnam and France and strengthen mutual cultural understanding.

Speaking at a press conference last week at the French Consul General’s residence in HCMC, Consul General of France in HCMC Vincent Floreani said the opera performance is deemed as a special historical and cultural event between France and Vietnam, marking a close and fruitful relationship regarding culture and art between the two countries over the past years.

One of the significant features of the forthcoming show is that the French opera will be introduced to the public for the first time after more than 120 years since it made its first public appearance in 1895 in Paris and this is the only French opera work completed in Vietnam, the French consul general noted.

Also at the news conference, HBSO director Tran Vuong Thach cited British researcher Tim Doling, saying that the French composer Camille Saint-Saens embraced a deep passion for exploring Asian culture and made fact-finding trips to different parts of the world, including Con Dao Island off mainland Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in Vietnam in 1895 where he completed the opera “Brunhilde” that had been left unfinished by his late peer Ernest Guiraud. Upon the completion, he renamed the work as Frédégonde.

The upcoming show, directed by Caroline Blandpied and under the baton of French conductor Patrick Souillot and young Vietnamese conductor Tran Nhat Minh, is promising to heap praise not only from opera lovers and international spectators but also from the media and the public with the presence of popular artists from France such as Valeria Altaver, Sophie Leleu, Richard Bousquet, Matthieu Lecroart, Matthieu Toulouse and Pierre Antoine Chaumien.

Souillot, who inherited the love and passion for music from the famed American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, has been determined to pursue his career as a popular conductor and is currently a guest conductor in many renowned European and Asian orchestras such as Sofia, Montpellier, Krakow, Stuggart, Cannes, Avignon, Toulouse and Moscow.

Renowned Vietnamese artists including Dao Mac, Vo Nguyen Thanh Tam, Vu Minh Tri, Le Khanh Thy and those from HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera, HBSO Choir and Korean Children Choir in HCMC are hoped to take the city stage during the show.

Due to limited seats, spectators are advised to book tickets in advance at, with prices costing at VND800,000,

VND650,000, VND550,000, VND400,000 and VND200,000 per guest while students pay only VND150,000.
The HCMC Opera House is located at 7 Lam Son Square in HCMC’s District 1.

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