(Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Vietnam)
I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations on the launch of the new opera project “Princess Anio”.
Serving as Ambassador of Japan to Viet Nam, I have highly valued the long-lasting historical ties between the peoples of our two countries. 400 years ago, when the Red-Seal-Ship trade was flourishing, many people and goods moved between Japan and Viet Nam, and the two countries were equal and trusted partners. After that time, due to the negative developments of history, both countries were forced to take separate paths. However, in recent years, their paths have once again crossed, and the relations of the two countries have achieved the best ever in their history.
I hope that this opera, which reflects the paths that Japan and Vietnam have followed, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and will help further strengthening ties between the two peoples for the next generation.
(Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra)
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the support of the Japanese and Vietnamese governments as well as many companies and organizations for the world premiere of our new opera Princess Anio Project.
In this year of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam, I am grateful for the fortune to be able to work together with both countries to produce an original opera based on a historical story that actually happened 400 years ago.
As the culmination of our musical lives to date, the entire team will work together to create a work that will be passed down to future generations for 50 to 100 years.
We hope this opera will contribute to the further development of music and the promotion of friendship between our two countries and many people will become aware of it. We thank you for your enthusiastic support and encouragement.