The Vietnam National Opera and Ballet (VNOB) and British conductor Graham Sutcliffe will perform one of Mozart's most loved operas one of the "big three", COSI Fan TUTTE at Hanoi Opera House on Oct 5 and 6.
Billed as being "ahead of its time," it is a classical opera written in 1790 that has a contemporary theme that is completely relevant to modern audiences, according to promotional materials prepared by the organisers.
The story has partners being swopped unknowingly on the part of the women, but very much intended by the men. The ending, however, is unclear, it doesn't tell if the lovers return to their original partners, stay with the new ones or indeed if the four of them live together happily ever after.
The opera was performed several times in forward-looking Vienna but after Mozart's and the Emperor's deaths began to be considered quite shocking and so was hardly ever performed anywhere throughout the 19 century.
Although the VNOB has performed this opera before, this production is a new, shortened version directed and conducted by British conductor Graham Sutcliffe.
The opera will be performed entirely by members of the VNOB in Italian with Vietnamese and English subtitles. There are six roles of which the two soprano roles, Fiordilgi and Dorabella will be played by Pham Ha Thang Long and Huong Diep/Phuong Dung.
Gugliemo and Ferrando, the two male roles will be played by Phan Duc and Thanh Binh, and Kieu Tham and Anh Vu. Don Alfonso will be sung by baritone Manh Dung, and Despina by Vanh Khuyen.
Tickets, priced from VND200,000 to 500,000, are available at Hanoi Opera House 1 Trang Tien or can be booked at www.ticketvn.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.