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Ballet Nutcracker @ The Opera House

Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker has long been associated with Christmas. It begins with a Christmas party, and ends with the daughter of the house, Clara, asleep under the Christmas tree.

All over the world Nutcracker is produced in December, anticipating Christmas. And so it is that the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will present their ever-colourful and beautifully danced version on December 9, 10 and 11 in the HCMC Opera House.

This is one of the jewels in HBSO's crown and will be eagerly anticipated.

The story is easily told. A rich house mounts a Christmas party, but after the guests have left the young girl, Clara, falls asleep and dreams of all the kitchen implements coming to life and dancing under the tree. Chief of these implements is the Nutcracker, a small hand-held device for cracking large nuts.

Before long the Nutcracker is taking Clara on a journey through a winter wonderland and on into the company of Christmas goodies such as coffee, tea, oranges etc. The famous "pas de deux" (dance for two people) comes close to the end, which shows Clara waking up and uncertain if what she has seen is reality or a dream.

This version has been choreographed by Johanne Jakhalin Constant especially for HSBO and is nowadays an annual December feast in Saigon.

Clara will be danced by Do Hoang Khang Ninh and the Nutcracker by Meritorious Artist Ho Phi Diep.

Other prominent dancers will be Meritorious Artist Dam Duc Nhuan as Mr.Drosselmeyer, and Thach Hieu Lang as the Snow Queen.

The Nutcracker is unusual among HBSO ballets in being performed with a full orchestra, conducted in this case by the company's former artistic director Meritorious Artist Tran Vuong Thach.

A full complement of HBSO dancers will fill the other dancing roles, combining, together with sumptuous sets and brilliant lighting, to make for a splendid, memorable and altogether and extraordinary show.
In addition, the Saigon Opera House is a magnificent venue in which to experience this, or indeed any other, production. It opened in 1900 with a production of Saint-Saens' opera Samson and Delilah.

Ticket prices are from 550,000 VND to 1,000,000 VND, with a student concession of 150,000 VND.

The performances begin at 8pm.

9th, 10th, 11th December 2022


The Opera House | 07 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC.