HCMC – Operatic Crime “Yesterday’s Memory”

HCMC – Operatic Crime “Yesterday’s Memory”

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Sun 17 Nov 2019, 8 pm
HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

From the organizer:

HBSO are reviving their “operatic crime” creation “Yesterday’s Memory” at the Saigon Opera House on November 17, beginning at 8pm.

The show intelligently incorporates music from operas recently produced in Saigon, notably Der Freischutz (‘the marksman’) and Die Zauberflote (‘the magic flute’), but also features 20th century music such as Kurt Weill’s ‘Surabaya Jonny’. The songs will be performed in their original languages, mostly German but some in Latin, and there is in addition spoken dialogue in Vietnamese.

The performance was created by two German directors, David Hermann and Anna-Sophie Weber. Both work in the field of opera production, and both live in Berlin. The music is by Mozart, Wagner, Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Weber, Lehar, Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill, and will be performed by the HBSO orchestra.

Among the show’s highlights are the opening scene, to the accompaniment of the Dies Irae from Mozart’s Requiem, a scene in a mortuary where everyone is dressed in white, and a form of Medieval ‘Dance of Death’ close to the end of the performance.

The inspecting police officer will be sung by Phan Huu Trung Kiet, and the victim, Mr X, by Dao Mac. Other soloists are Pham Khanh Ngoc, Pham Trang, Pham Duyen Huyen, Tran Thanh Nam and Nguyen Thi Thanh Nguyen.

Quynh Paris has designed the costumes, and the vocal coach is Askan Geisler. The conductor will be Tran Nhat Minh. In addition, lighting is by David Hermann and Nguyen Phuc Hai, scenery and props by Judith Philipp, and the stage manager is Nguyen Manh Duy Linh.

Director Anna Sophia Weber has commented that conditions here in Vietnam vary from those back home in Germany. Most notable, she said, was the fact that in Saigon the chorus was available every day for rehearsals. In Germany you would be lucky if they were present four times before the first performance.


Ticket prices range from 450,000 to 900,000 VND, with a special student price of 150,000 VND, available on production of a student card.
Booking and delivery: 028 38237419, Ms. Ngoc: 0903604539
At HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square
Online Booking: www.ticketbox.vn

HCMC Opera House
No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC

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