A young opera Vietnamese virtuoso took part in an international training course in Oslo, Norway, from July 4 – 19, as part of a Norwegian-funded project to boost musical cooperation between the two countries.

Dao To Loan, a graduate from the Hanoi-based Vietnam National Academy of Music in 2014, and her international fellows from 19 countries made two public performances on July 17 and 18 after the course which is named after Norwegian artist Lidal Johnson.

The Vietnamese singer also won a prize voted by professionals and another by the audience at a competition concluding the course.

Launched in 2007, the Norwegian Government-funded project “Transposition” aims to help nurture Vietnamese musical talents and enhance bilateral cooperation in the field.

It is now involving five musical institutions from Vietnam and seven others of Norway .

More than 250 joint activities have been held so far, for example concerts, opera and ballet performances, workshops, and training courses in many cities of both countries.

Geir Johnson, Artistic Director for the project, said another course will be opened this August in Ho Chi Minh City to give training to some 20 young talents from across Vietnam .

The project is also assisting over 20 Vietnamese institutions in arts management and planning to expand their collaboration in the coming time.-VNA