May 30, 2016

2586 VIETNAM (Red River Delta) - Hanoi Opera House

Important architectural landmark of the capital city of Vietnam, the Hanoi Opera House  was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911 in eclectic style, with important Neoclassical elements, modeled on the Palais Garnier. It had depended on touring artists performing French and Italian repertoire during the colonial period for a mainly French audience. After the departure of the French, it became the scene for political events, as well as the scene of street fighting during the war.

The building was also used for Vietnamese plays and musicals. The return of Western opera, and the first major non-French or Italian opera, was a performance of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin organised under Vietnam-Soviet cultural auspices in 1960, where the Russian vocal coach selected an untrained singer Quý Dương as a fit for the baritone title role. Since then, it has seen many premieres of operas and musicals by Vietnamese composers.

About the stamps

The first stamp, designed by Tô Minh Trang, was issued on February 15, 2013 to mark the Birth Centenary of Huỳnh Tấn Phát (1913 -1989). Huỳnh Tấn Phát was a South Vietnamese communist politician and revolutionary.

The second stamp is one of the two of the Việt Nam - France joint stamp issue dedicated to the 150th Birth Anniversary of Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943). Designed by Yves Beaujard and Nguyễn Du, the series was issued on September 20, 2013.

The last stamp is part of the series Orchids, designed by Vũ Kim Liên and issued on April 1st, 2013:
Leafless Dendrobium / Dendrobium aphyllum (2,000 VND) - It's on the postcard 2586
Fried-egg Orchid / Dendrobium chrysotoxum (2,500 VND)
Dragon-like Dendrobium / Dendrobium draconis (17,500 VND)

Hanoi Opera House - Wikipedia

Sender: Pumipat
Sent from Hanoi (Red River Delta / Vietnam), on 25.05.2016  

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