Conductor Trần Vương Thạch, director of HCM Ballet, Symphony and Orchestra. Photo sggp.org.vn Trần Vương Thạch, director of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra (HBSO), was granted the title Knight of Arts and Letters (Chevaliers des Lettres et des Arts from the French government for his efforts to promoting arts exchange between Việt Nam and France. Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper reporter Thúy Bình interviews director Thạch about the award and co-operation between his theatre and international art troupes How did you feel when you received the title from the French ambassador to Việt Nam Nicolas Warnery? It was an honour to be granted the title and it was also a nice surprise for me. This is a valuable reward recognising my work and contributions to art and cultural exchange development. Above all, this is not my award alone but also the entire group of HBSO artists for their efforts to contribute to the development of arts over the years. I think that all awards or recognition will encourage artists. Could you tell us about the co-operation between your theatre and French troupes? We have co-operated with French artists performing concerts, operas and dances. However, the opera Fredegonde… Read full this story
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