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Name: Hanoi Opera House
Address: 1 Trang Tien Str., Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

Directions: East of the Southern end of Hoan Kiem Lake. Can't miss it.

Phone: (+84) (0)24 39930113
21.02429947211947 105.85756301879883 Category:

Description: This French-built, signature structure of Hanoi has been towering over Trang Tien Str. for nearly 100 years.
Rating: 4.05 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 22 reviews.


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address icon Tầng 4, Số 165 Bà Triệu, phường Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi

phone number icon (+84) (0)2439743353

22 Reviews (Followed by 16 users)

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February 20th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I attended an orchestra concert here a few days ago and a larger event a few months ago. Both times I've enjoyed myself tremendously, even more for just being there and looking around than for the performance. I agree with the previous reviews: the space is visually wonderful in that distinct French Colonial way. The rough-around-the-edges grandeur really does it for me, from the grand and dominating facade to the velvety, almost intimate concert hall. It has a definite feeling of age about it, yes, but that is part of its charm for me. If anything, the Opera House is an endearing place.

As a caveat: both times I've been there have been a few noisy kids. Last time, I had the privilege of watching a grandmother absentmindedly swat her squabbling grandkids with a program for an hour or so in between naps. But hey, that adds some life to a classical performance.

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April 12th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I came to Hanoi a rock fan, now I have to make sure I keep on top of what's happening at the Opera House, as the very reasonably priced classical music concerts have turned me into an orchestra groupie. I originally went to see the classical grandeur of the opera house but have since fallen in love with the very talented national and local Hanoi orchestras who regularly play there. Gorgeous music in a gorgeous setting. Make sure you go out on the balconies at the front and look out at Trang Tien.

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December 22nd, 2012 at 11:03 am

This review covers the recent Beethoven night, December 19th.
The billing in the program and on advertising in general, had us believe that we would be treated to some of the singing from Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio. Unfortunately we just got the overture and the featured opera singers were no where to be seen.
Without a break, the program moved into the 9th Symphony in which the large choir was required to arrive and sit through the first three movements and some of them were trying to stay awake.
While purists will say that the 9th is a great symphony, I am not one of them. It is a bit tedious and when this is combined with a lack lustre performance of musicians going through the motions under a conductor who has yet to drag a first class performance out of them in the past season, it is no wonder that the overall effect was one of 'enduring' the three movements in order to arrive at the 4th, the Ode to Joy. This was done well, largely in part because the choirs were in good form and actually seemed to be feeling the majesty of this movement. It was the best part of the evening despite the four singing soloists from the Hanoi Opera being underwhelming in their minor solo parts.
The opera house has been home to a few very good performances this season, but this was not one of them. The house conductor and the orchestra just don't seem to blend and both lack enthusiasm for most concerts. Only with foreign guest conductors and musicians does the real feel for music come through. Seems technical ability is more highly prized than passion and this orchestra really needs the passion to show up in every performance instead of the few.
No idea about next season, will have to wait for the 2013 program schedule.

April 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 pm

The opera is really nice from the outside. I only went inside once for the Chopin's Birthday concert.
The entrance is huge, very luminous with the big white stairs.
The concert hall is a bit old and small but still ok.

the two things i didnt like were:
-phones were left on and people were chatting (like in the cinemas actually...)
-the piano was dirty!they didnt polish it so you could see finger prints, i wasnt expecting that in a opera.

The only place i know where to have information about the plays is www.ticketvn.com , i bought my tickets via their website. The guy on the phone was speaking really good english, the delevery guy was nice (and the delivery is free). But i bought the "VIP" tickets and we were seated in the middle of the concert hall, they dont give any information on their website about where are the seats (i would have liked to have the seats in the smalls rooms on the side).

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June 23rd, 2012 at 9:12 am

Attended the Tchaikovsky Night at the Opera House last evening. Five stars for a pleasant evening of good music and everything running on time. Even the patrons (mainly Vietnamese) were respectful enough to have turned off their cell phones.
Hanoi has a fairly decent orchestra, not very large when compared to some international cities and certainly there are some weaknesses in certain sections, but overall it was professional and technically adequate for the pieces they played.
The soloist was a Vietnamese violinist who did a good job on the violin concerto.
The star of the evening was the Italian born conductor who kept everything moving and was obviously connected to the soloist and the orchestra so that there were no glitches, mistakes or hiccups.
The seating was not bad, we paid for the high end tickets (500,000 dong per)and were in the 4th row, next time however, a second tier seat would give a better view. The hall is intimate and very similar to the one in Ho Chi Minh City (same architecture and design).
The audience was respectful (including the children in attendance) and knowledgeable (no applauding after each movement) and showed great enthusiasm with three or four encores.
A great evening, had dinner at the Exchange Cafe and returned there after the performance for a night cap. A good place to go before and after and easy on the pocket.
The Opera House website is now fixed and you can navigate it easily, look ahead at performances you might enjoy and phone them for delivery. I got my tickets delivered to my office within 2 hours of making the call. No charge for the delivery service.
We plan to return next month for the Mahler and Wagner concert.
Tickets start as low as 250,000 and frankly, there is no such thing as a 'bad' seat in the house.

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