Japan's 'Yuzuru' opera to be performed in Vietnam capital

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Former Japanese Ambassador in Vietnam Norio Hattori (2nd, L), and three of the Japanese artists who will perform in the famous Japanese opera, Yuzuru , late this March in Hanoi

Former Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Norio Hattori announced that a production of his country's famed opera, Yuzuru (Crane bird in the night), will be held at the Hanoi Opera House on March 29 and 30, news website Vietnamplus reported on January 16.

The show, to be co-organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam and the Japan Foundation, is one of the events set to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Four Japanese artists, including famed vocalists Ieda Noriko and Mochiki Hiroshi, will perform.

The opera will feature a Vietnamese stage manager, People's Artist Le Hung, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra led by Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji the Ha Noi Children's Cultural Palace choir, and dancers from Youth Theater in Hanoi.

The Yuzuru opera was composed in 1951 by Ikuma Dan, based on the play of the same name written in 1949 by Junji Kinoshita. The opera tells the story of a poor peasant farmer (Mochiki Hiroshi) who is lured by the prospects of wealth. His beautiful and gentle wife (Ieda Noriko) is the incarnation of a crane bird that he had saved.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Phuong Hong said she highly appreciates the efforts of Hattori and his embassy in bringing the opera to Vietnam and also emphasized the collaboration between Japanese and Vietnamese artists putting the opera on will require, which she called "a wonderful art labor combination."

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