Watching Opera in Hanoi

By: Hal Medrano True confession: I like opera. I've been attending performances and listening to recordings since I was a boy. For a few seasons, I was even a subscribing member of the Pittsburgh Opera. So when a friend scored free tickets to a recent performance of La Bohème at the Hanoi Opera House (Nhà hát lớn Hà Nội) , I was happy to go and see how the locals put on a show. Although opera is commonly considered high-brow, upper-class entertainment, it should be remembered that, for … [Read more...]

Ha Noi to become cultural centre

A corner of Hanoi Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ha Noi authorities say they will turn the city into a cultural centre by 2020 – the first of its kind in Viet Nam. A corner of Hanoi Photo: Tuoi TreThey claim the capital will become a cultural model for other cities and provinces. The plan is to develop a system of museums and centres to preserve Vietnamese culture. Statues, squares and parks will be enhanced and theatres, cinemas and libraries developed along with the performing arts and system. A 60,000 sq.m. area of the ancient … [Read more...]