Autumn Melodies fest to kick off in HCM City

HCM City (VNA) - Die Fledermaus (The
Bat), an operetta by Johann Strauss II, will open the biennial Autumn Melodies
arts festival in HCM City from August 19-27.

The
festival is organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera
(HBSO) in 2005 to highlight classical music, opera and dance.

More than
200 Vietnamese and international artists will take part in 12 performances at
the city’s Opera House.

For the opening performance, HBSO and the Goethe
Institute in HCM City have prepared for more than a year to stage Die
Fledermaus for the first time in Vietnam.

The
operetta, set in Vienna in the 19th century, features Dr Falke’s plan to
embarrass his friend Eisenstein who leaves him at a park after a costume party.
 

The
work’s libretto was written by German dramatist Karl Haffner and author and
composer Richard Genée.

First staged in 1874 in Vienna, it is regarded as
the most celebrated and most frequently performed operetta.

The Vietnamese version will be directed by German
director David Hermann.

German vocal master and conductor Askan Geisler is
training HBSO artists to sing in the original language of German.

The
performance will feature Cho Hae Ryong of the Republic of Korea, Pham Duyen Huyen,
Dao Mac, and Phan Huu Trung Kiet, together with HBSO’s vocalists, musicians and
dancers.

Conductor
Geisler and HBSO conductor Tran Nhat Minh will lead the orchestra on August 19
and 20, respectively.

On August
22, young Russian talents from the Maestro Foundation and the Spivakov
Foundation will continue the festival with a concert.

Young
Vietnamese talents, pianist Nguyen Lan Anh and violinist Tran Le Quang Tuyen,
will introduce works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Prokofiev and Sarasate on
August 24.

The
festival will include a performance featuring compositions for guitar on August
25, featuring guitarists Nguyen Thanh Huy of Vietnam, Anton Isselhadt of
Germany and Pongpat Ponpradit of Thailand, and the Saigon Guitar Quartet. 

Musicians
from the International Chamber Players and Vietnam National Academy of Music
will present three concerts from August 23-25.

The first, titled A Night with French Chamber
Music, will feature compositions for piano and violin by Faubré, Debussy and
Chausson.

In the
second concert The Eight Seasons with Vivaldi & Piazzolla on August
24, the artists will play with violinists Bui Cong Duy, Tran Huu Quoc and Vu Viet
Chuong and American violinist Gregory Lee.

The last
concert, European Journey: Countries and People, will include works by
Wagner, Dvorak, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Glinka and Hummel.

On August 26, HBSO will host a performance of
contemporary Vietnamese music by Nguyen Manh Duy Linh and Vu Viet Anh, and a
ballet Gone through Love choreographed by Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen
Phuc Hung.

The
festival will close with a special concert featuring violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong,
German cellist Ulrich Horn and HBSO Symphony Orchestra. They will perform works
by Brahms, Smetana and Tchaikovsky.

The two
concerts will be led by conductor Le Phi Phi, who lives and works in Macedonia.

The
festival includes two outdoor concerts on August 19 and 27, featuring the Brass
Ensemble from HCM City Conservatory of Music.

The Opera
House is located at 7 Lam Son Square in District 1. More information on the
festival’s schedule can be found at www.hbso.org.vn. Tickets are available
at www.ticketbox.vn.-VNA



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