Norwegian conducted oratorio to play in Vietnam


“Messiah”, a world-famous oratorio composed in 1741 by revered George Frideric Handel, will come to the Ho Chi Minh city Opera House on May 8 and 9.

“Messiah” made its way to Vietnam thanks to the large-scale projects undertaken by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera in coordination with the Norwegian Transposition Program.

Transposition is a diverse and many-sided program of cooperation between leading music institutions in Norway and Vietnam, focusing on building strong ties and mutual exchange of expertise between musicians in both countries.

Twelve music institutions from the two countries are partners in the Transposition program for development and cooperation.

Considered one of the world’s classic works, the oratorio has been taken around the world on a regular basis before finally coming to Vietnam in full for the first time.

The performance will feature four renowned opera singers, namely Ditte Marie Braein, Siri Torjesen, Magnus Staveland and Halvor Melien along with ten Norwegian artists.

Directed by well-known conductor Lars Notto Birkeland, who is successful with the play titled “Dido and Aeneas” which made its way to HCMC last year, “Messiah” is one of the typical works of oratorio.

Conductor: Lars Notto Birkeland
Soprano: Ditte Marie Bræin, Cho Hae Ryong, Vo Thuy Ngoc Tuyen, Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga
Alto: Siri Torjesen, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen
Tenor: Magnus Staveland, Pham Trang
Bass: Halvor Melien, Doan Thanh Minh
Harpsichord: Christian Kjos

Language coach: Paul Arlidge
Vocal coach: Siri Torjesen
Orchestra arrangement: Ly Giai Hoa
Guests from orchestra: Trondheim Solistene and Kongelige Norske Marines Musikkorps


Ticket price:  650,000 – 550,000 – 400,000 – 150,000 VND (for students only)
All tickets are available at:
Ticket Counter, HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC, Tel: 08. 38237419, email: [email protected].

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