For a long time, the Hanoi Opera House has been a
rendezvous for those who love theatrical performance and traditional
songs and music, symphonies, opera and classical opera. It is also a
tourist attraction for local and foreign visitors. |
Hanoi Opera House is renowned for its unique architecture and good
composition. It is furnished rationally and harmoniously. Since its
establishment, the Hanoi Opera House is the largest theatre in Vietnam.
Its construction started in 1901 and completed in 1911. Previously the
site was a big pond, adjacent to the city gate of Tay Long (also called
Tay Luong) of the ancient Thang Long Capital. The construction met with
many difficulties, because the foundations of the theatre were built on
the pond. Before building a concrete foundation, nearly one metre thick,
the pond was emptied and dredged, then 30,000 hard bamboo stakes were
placed on its bed.
The Hanoi Opera House is of the same
architectural style as the Opera House in France. Some foreign
architects said that due to being built nearly 300 years after the Paris
Opera House, the Hanoi Opera House avoids superfluous architectural
details, which make it more magnificent and attractive.
nearly 100 years of operation, the theatre's equipment and adornments
became old and run down. In 1997, the theatre was repaired and
modernized under the management of two Vietnamese French architects, Ho
Thieu Tri and Hoang Phuc Sinh. The original architecture of the 3-storey
theatre has remained. The decorative designs on the ceiling, arches,
walls, and doors were renewed. The 3-metre-high stage and the audience's
hall, with 600 seats, were also modernized in conformity with
theatre has been equipped with state-of-art facilities and appliances,
compatible for all types of artistic performances, from folk music and
songs, ballets and piano to classical opera, reformed opera, Vietnamese
operetta and drama, all made great impressions on the audience. The
Hanoi Opera House has also successfully organised many large-scale
The Hanoi Opera House is a worthy artistic centre and a cultural and architectural relic of the capital Hanoi.