A traditional form of folk music, Cai Luong is similar to Western operettas. Performers wear spectacularly ornate costumes and makeup and sing and dance their way through comedies and dramatic storylines. The unique sound combines guitars and Dan Kim, a traditional stringed instrument. There are modern and ancient forms of Cai Luong, both of which emphasise Vietnamese moral values such as solidarity, lifelong learning, hard work, and altruism. Catch a monthly performance at the Saigon Opera House, Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC.
Cai Luong is probably best described as modern folk opera executed with all the flash and glitz of a Broadway production. The storylines revolve around celebrated Vietnamese fables and folk tales. Through a mix of classical music, flamboyant costumes and drama, Cai Luong features plots built on romance and domestic relationships. Famous Cai Luong singers include vi: Ngoc Huyen, Viet Hung and Kim Sinh. When in Ho Chi Minh City treat yourself to a monthly performance at Saigon Opera House in District 1.