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Lunar New Year celebrated in PPCBank in style with classical Opera performance

National Bank of Cambodia Director General Chea Serey speaks with PPCBank CEO Andrew Shin (R) while photographer Hao Tiang looks on. KT/Siv Channa

About 50 exclusively invited guests were treated to a rare performance of South Korean and Cambodian Sopranos at the PPCB Bank Tuesday, graced by Chea Serey, Director General of National Bank of Cambodia, Prince Tesso Sisowath and other guests.

The approximately two-hour event witnessed 13 performance by two pianists, two South Korean Sopranos and two Cambodian Sopranos who are looking forward to obtaining their Masters Degree in Korea post COVID.

The performance ended to thundering applause as for many, it was the first time they had witnessed such enthralling entertainment in Cambodia as the first real opera was performed by Spanish tenor Jose Carreras in Siem Reap in December 2002.

PPCBank CEO, Andrew Shin said “I have always enjoyed these performances and gives the bank and me great pleasure to bring it to Cambodians. We intend to organise other performances with a fusion of local musical instruments and English  rapporteur in the near future.

“This was an eye opener for us and the very appreciative audience and we look forward to having more of such shows in the near future.”

A soprano is a type of classical female singing voice and has the highest vocal range of all voice types and these attributes were on full display by Khat Vichheka, Lee Nam Joo, Seo Ji Young as well as Tenor Ryu Kyi Yong and Baritone Si Narath, accompanied by pianists Issei and Yasuko.

The performance was followed by a Krama Photo Exhibition by photographer Hao Taing.


Pictures from top left: National Bank of Cambodia Director General Chea Serey (and one of the guests) with PPCBank CEO Andrew Shin and Hao Tiang; the artistes (from left) Si Narath, Seo Ji Young, Khat Vichheka, Lee Nam Joo and Ruu Kyi Yong accompanied by pianists Issei and Yasuko; Hao Tiang with some of his pieces; the singers enthralling the audience; and Si Narath in a duet with Khat Vichheka. KT/Siv Channa

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