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The show was a great combination of talented vocals and exciting dances to highlight the solidarity of nations around the world. It was conducted by talented young artist from Argentina Martín Garcia León and performed by the Dance Group, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Chorus of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. “Around the world” was a spiritual present of traveling in the spring under the lead of Emeritus Artist Tran Ly Ly, Acting Director of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. Ms. Ly said: “The show opens a series of activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. We want to create a colorful enjoyment for the audience and unite artists around the world.”
The show was performed by Vietnam’s talented young artists. The soloist was singer Dao To Loan, who won the top prize of the Singapore Lyric Opera – ASEAN Vocal Competition in 2018 and the first prize in the Opera category of the Morning Star Rendezvous singing contest in 2011. Another singer was Vu Manh Dung who won the golden cup of the Pyongyang Spring Festival in 2016, a gold medal at the 2015 National Professional Art Festival, and the second prize at the national opera competition in 2009. Ms. Loan said: “It’s my honor to perform in ‘Around the world’, the first gala concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. I’m happy to receive positive feedback from the audience and see their delight at our delicately choreographed and new performances.”
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The program was an adventure around the world featuring signature songs throughout history, from Glinka’s wonderful melodies and “Waltz of the flowers” from “Nutcracker” to Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and “Hungarian Dance No.6” by Brahms. From the European country of famous composers like Strauss, Dvorak, and Bizet where Argentina’s tango has won fame, the audience crossed the US border for an exciting dance from the Western stories “Mambo” and “Madame Butterfly”. They continued to poetic France with a romantic can can dance from “Orpheus in the Underworld” before going back to Vietnam where the audience was satisfied by a combination of folk and contemporary melodies in ‘Ly Ngua O” and “Trong Com”. After that the audience was taken to the “Land of One Thousand and One Nights” and a Persian Market. Their musical tour ended with Brindisi from “La Traviata” by Verdi and “Radetzky March” by Strauss.
“Around the world” was a mixture of classical music and contemporary arts. Its unique feature was the stage design, with the orchestra brought onto a 2nd stage, right over the dancers, for a smooth but very improvised combination of musicians, dancers, and opera singers. Ms. Ly said: “The stage design makes ‘Around the world’ distinctive from other shows where the whole orchestra is brought on the stage. Instrument playing, opera singing, and dancing all impressed the audience.”