Chạy theo bà Thị Kính

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Poster Thị Kính treo trên cột đèn bên ngoài nhà hát.

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Vở opera lớn (grand opera) “Chuyện Bà Thị Kính” (The Tale of Lady Thị Kính) của nhà soạn nhạc P.Q. Phan (Phan Quang Phục) sẽ được mở màn tại sân khấu lớn của trường nhạc Jacobs School of Music tại trường đại học Indiana University vào ngày 7, 8, 14, 15 tháng 2 năm 2014. “Chuyện Bà Thị Kính” là vở opera lớn về văn hóa Việt Nam đầu tiên của nhà soạn nhạc người Mỹ gốc Việt được dàn dựng quy mô và chuyên nghiệp trên sân khấu Mỹ, do đó Viễn Đông sẽ tiếp tục tường thuật những diễn biến này tới độc giả.

Photos by Anvi Hoàng 

Điểm sơ qua những chuyện đã bàn về vở opera “Chuyện Bà Thị Kính” như sau. Continue reading

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‘Mystery’ of Opera Singing Revealed (2) – The Training

PATRICIA STILES ON THE TRAINING OF AN OPERA SINGER

Patricia Stiles as ‘Preziosilla’ in “La Forza del Destino” by Verdi – Photo courtesy of Stiles

An in-person interview with Patricia Stiles presents a remarkable experience, especially so for a non-musician as I am, as she talked about the singing techniques with demonstrations. At close-up, an opera singer’s voice is obviously very powerful, not so much in terms of decibels as to pierce your ear drums but with the power, vibration, and warmth that inspire and lift your soul. One finds it difficult not to marvel at how wonderful it is what the human voice can do. Though this kind of demonstration is impossible to get in writing but can be made understandable with articulation the way Patricia Stiles did. Continue reading

‘Mystery’ of Opera Singing Revealed (1) – Personal Reflections

PATRICIA STILES ON TEACHING VOICE, AND SINGING HỒ XUÂN HƯƠNG

Patricia Stiles as ‘Nancy’ in “Martha” by Flotow – Photo courtesy of Patricia Stiles

With the experience of twenty years singing in Germany and more than ten years teaching at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Patricia Stiles is undoubtedly a deep well of knowledge when it comes to opera singing. She is still performing and has recently released a new album titled “Song Tapestry” in which the Hồ Xuân Hương songs collection called Spring Confession by P.Q. Phan is included.

Is it true that Asian women tend to have soprano voices? Continue reading

The Connection Among PQ Phan – Patricia Stiles – Hồ Xuân Hương

P.Q. Phan set some poems by Hồ Xuân Hương to music. In way of an introduction, here is some explanation or clarification from the Program Notes for the songs, and quotes from John Balaban’s Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hồ Xuân Hương.

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