Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Opera House

(PICTURE: Huyen outside the Opera House)

The Hanoi Opera House was the last place in Hanoi I've been wanting to see. Well, check it off the list. I bought Huyen and I tickets for the Opera House to see a highly acclaimed Russian pianist perform with the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra.

After taking a bus, a boat, a van, a bus and a taxi, Huyen and I arrived back in Hanoi with an hour to spare before the show. We quickly showered and jumped on my bike to go to the Opera House.

The Opera House, according to Wikipedia was: erected by French colonists between 1901 and 1911. The Hanoi Opera House is considered to be a typical French colonial architectural monument in Vietnam and is also a small-scale replica of the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses.

The place was beautiful and the acoustics were tremendous. The concert was also magnificent. Besides the music, the highlight was when a baby started to the second the middle of the piano solo.

Yeah, who brings an infant to a symphony concert? And how did the baby have better seats than me!