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Vanessa Vo & the Vietnamese Tools of Sure

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In June, Seattle Opera gifts Sure, a one-act chamber opera (song through Huang Ruo, libretto through Bao-Lengthy Chu). This opera options Vanessa Vo taking part in đàn bầu (monochord) and đàn tranh (Vietnamese zither). On this podcast, Vo demonstrates and discusses those tools with Dramaturg Jonathan Dean.

“Via song I’ve discovered in regards to the variations [between] cultures [in] essentially the most stunning and significant means. So, having the Vietnamese conventional tools on this opera, and having Seattle Opera provide this…the refugee and immigrant communities [and I], we in point of fact recognize it. [W]e can be informed in regards to the variations of folks, and when we perceive the variations we will discover ways to are living with each and every different [and be] such a lot nicer, supportive.”

Plus, as an advantage: Vo’s efficiency, at the đàn bầu of “Summertime” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, organized through Nguyen Le, with Frank Martin on the piano. This efficiency was once selected as certainly one of NPR’s Songs We Love in 2015.

Pay attention to the whole episode, “Vanessa Vo and the Vietnamese tools of Sure anyplace you concentrate to podcasts (You’ll additionally seek for “Seattle Opera”). Be informed extra in regards to the featured speaker Vanessa Vo on her non-public web page.

Sure opens June 9, 2023, at Tagney Jones Corridor on the Opera Heart. Tickets and data at



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