Update: 07:46 | 02/02/2019
Born in 1950 in Hung Ha district, Thai Binh province, which is the cradle of Cheo (Vietnamese traditional opera), People’s Artist Ngo Thi Thanh Hoai has fallen into the sweet and charming melodies of ‘Cheo’ since she was a little girl.
Her talent and passion for the traditional art form brought her to the Vietnamese Cheo Theatre when she was 15. Hoai said that she was lucky enough to receive thorough training from Cheo masters at the theatre, equipping herself with standard singing and performing techniques.
People’s Artist Ngo Thi Thanh Hoai (R) performing at a music show in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
With her beautiful voice and her love for singing as well as the hands-on instruction from Cheo masters, Hoai graduated from the theatre three years later with a distinctive decree for her excellent role as character
Since then, Hoai has established her fame through other popular Cheo plays such as ‘Tu Thuc Gap Tien’ (Tu Thuc Meets a Fairy), ‘Kieu O Lau Ngung Bich’ (Kieu at Ngung Bich pavilion), and ‘Quan Am Thi Kinh’ (Goddess of Mercy), among others.
According to Hoai, although Cheo is a folklore art form with similarities to other traditional arts practice such as ‘chau van’ (spiritual singing), and ‘hat
Throughout her veteran
Not only practicing Cheo, Hoai has also kept herself learning other art forms such as ‘ca
Hoai has won numerous awards and accolades during her career, including six gold and four silver at
In recognition of her contributions to Vietnamese traditional music, Hoai was awarded the Meritorious Artist title in 1992 and People’s Artist title in 2007.
At the age of 70, Hoai continues to work passionately and devotedly to hand down her experience and passion to her younger colleagues. She is currently working as a lecturer at the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema and as a singing instructor at the Voice of Vietnam. She is also an active member of the Dong Kinh Co Nhac (Ancient Music Group of Tonkin), which gathers many celebrated artists of various folk genres.
Throughout her 50 years following Cheo career, Hoai has made significant contributions to preserving and promoting Vietnam’s traditional art forms and encouraging the love and responsibility to safeguard the national culture among younger artists.