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Legendary cai luong singer Thanh Duoc passes away in US

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Thanh Duoc, hailed as the king of the Vietnamese folk music genre cai luong (reformed theater), has passed away in the U.S. aged 89.
Cai luong singer Thanh Duoc. Photo by Vien KinhThanh Tung, a TV host and the artist’s adopted son, announced Thursday that Duoc passed away in his sleep at his home in San Jose.

Suffering from deteriorating health, he was in the care of his family.

“I made it to see my father’s face one last time before he was taken to the chapel,” Tung said. “He looked as good and kind as he was in his prime.”

The artist’s family plan to have a private funeral.

Le Thuy, another cai luong artist and a longtime associate and friend of Duoc’s, said she felt bad not being able to bid him farewell. She had wanted to meet him during her recent visit to the U.S. for shows, but his health did not allow him to meet anyone.

“We got emotional every time we saw each other. He sang for me despite suffering from memory loss.”

Thuy said Duoc had a classy voice and performing style, which many artists of later generations consider a benchmark, and was a kind person who always took care of younger artists.

“I think of him as the king of cai luong.”

Born Chau Van Duoc in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, Duoc learned cai luong from his uncle, the manager of a cai luong troupe in southern Vietnam.

He first performed on stage at 20 and quickly gained recognition.

Admired for his mellifluous voice and elegant and emotional performing style, he won the prestigious Thanh Tam Award for cai luong artists in 1966.

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Artist Thanh Duoc passed away at the age of 90

According to information from the family of late artist Ut Bach Lan, artist Thanh Duoc passed away at the age of 90 on November 16 in the US.

It is known that he died in his sleep in San Jose (northern California – USA). In the last days of his life, his reIt is kHis parents were rich farmers who owned fields and gardens in Nhon My and Ke Sach communes. After completing primary school in Ke Sach district, Thanh Duoc followed his uncle, who was an impresario for the Thanh Can Cai Luong troupe, to learn Cai Luong singing.nown that he died in his sleep in San Jose (northern California – USA). In the last days of his life, his relatives took care of him because of his old age and weak health.

Artist Thanh Duoc is a familiar face to many audiences who love Cai Luong theater in the 90s. His real name is Chau Van Duoc, born in 1934 in Ke Sach district, Soc Trang province.latives took care of him because of his old age and weak health.

His parents were rich farmers who owned fields and gardens in Nhon My and Ke Sach communes. After completing primary school in Ke Sach district, Thanh Duoc followed his uncle, who was an impresario for the Thanh Can Cai Luong troupe, to learn Cai Luong singing.

Ganh Thanh Can is a theater troupe specializing in performances in the provinces of Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, and Can Tho; Thanh Duoc, thanks to his good voice, handsome appearance, and being able to perform on the home stage, quickly became the lead actor and was admired by Hau Giang audiences.

In 1957, when the Kim Thanh impresario quartet including Ut Tra On, Kim Chuong, Thuy Nga and Thanh Tao disbanded and disbanded the reformed troupe Kim Thanh – Ut Tra On, female artist Thuy Nga gathered a number of artists. Kim Thanh’s ex to form the group Thuy Nga – Phuoc Trong. Thuy Nga invited artist Thanh Duoc to take on the dual role.

In this reformed troupe, artist Thanh Duoc participated in plays such as Nguu Lang – Chuc, When cherry blossoms bloomWaiting for the falling leaves season…and attract the audience’s attention.

At that time, Thanh Duoc was remembered by the audience for his inspiring voice, handsome appearance and good acting ability… alongside famous artists of that time such as Huu Phuoc and Hung Cuong.

Journalist Nguyen Ang Ca, also known by the nickname “Ngoc Huyen Lan”, gave Thanh Duoc the nickname “Top singer”.

After that, Thanh Duoc joined other theater troupes such as Kim Chuong troupe, Thanh Minh-Thanh Nga troupe…

In 1961, Thanh Duoc married Cai Luong artist Ut Bach Lan. The “perfect beauty” couple Thanh Duoc and Ut Bach Lan have left a strong impression on the audience through many plays such as The fire in my heart has not yet extinguished, By the old python hill, The boat goes to the sea, The white dress of the virgin, The beauty of Bat Da city…

Thanh Duoc and Ut Bach Lan in the play “Half a Life of Fragrance”

Then there are plays like Hang’s daughter, The heart of the sea, Sea foam, Love story 17, Eternal spring love”, Then 30 years later, Dream in the royal mausoleum… but most special is the notebook Half-life of incense by writer Ha Trieu Hoa Phuong has nailed it in the hearts of

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According to information from the family of late artist Ut Bach Lan, artist Thanh Duoc passed away at the age of 90 on November 16 in the US.

It is known that he died in his sleep in San Jose (northern California – USA). In the last days of his life, his relatives took care of him because of his old age and weak health.

Young artist Thanh Duoc (1934-2023). Photo: Documents

Artist Thanh Duoc is a familiar face to many audiences who love Cai Luong theater in the 90s. His real name is Chau Van Duoc, born in 1934 in Ke Sach district, Soc Trang province.

His parents were rich farmers who owned fields and gardens in Nhon My and Ke Sach communes. After completing primary school in Ke Sach district, Thanh Duoc followed his uncle, who was an impresario for the Thanh Can Cai Luong troupe, to learn Cai Luong singing.

Thanh Duoc performed when he was young

Ganh Thanh Can is a theater troupe specializing in performances in the provinces of Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, and Can Tho; Thanh Duoc, thanks to his good voice, handsome appearance, and being able to perform on the home stage, quickly became the lead actor and was admired by Hau Giang audiences.

In 1957, when the Kim Thanh impresario quartet including Ut Tra On, Kim Chuong, Thuy Nga and Thanh Tao disbanded and disbanded the reformed troupe Kim Thanh – Ut Tra On, female artist Thuy Nga gathered a number of artists. Kim Thanh’s ex to form the group Thuy Nga – Phuoc Trong. Thuy Nga invited artist Thanh Duoc to take on the dual role.

In this reformed troupe, artist Thanh Duoc participated in plays such as Nguu Lang – Chuc, When cherry blossoms bloomWaiting for the falling leaves season…and attract the audience’s attention.

At that time, Thanh Duoc was remembered by the audience for his inspiring voice, handsome appearance and good acting ability… alongside famous artists of that time such as Huu Phuoc and Hung Cuong.

Journalist Nguyen Ang Ca, also known by the nickname “Ngoc Huyen Lan”, gave Thanh Duoc the nickname “Top singer”.

After that, Thanh Duoc joined other theater troupes such as Kim Chuong troupe, Thanh Minh-Thanh Nga troupe…

 

In 1961, Thanh Duoc married Cai Luong artist Ut Bach Lan. The “perfect beauty” couple Thanh Duoc and Ut Bach Lan have left a strong impression on the audience through many plays such as The fire in my heart has not yet extinguished, By the old python hill, The boat goes to the sea, The white dress of the virgin, The beauty of Bat Da city…

Thanh Duoc and Ut Bach Lan in the play “Half a Life of Fragrance”

Then there are plays like Hang’s daughter, The heart of the sea, Sea foam, Love story 17, Eternal spring love”, Then 30 years later, Dream in the royal mausoleum… but most special is the notebook Half-life of incense by writer Ha Trieu Hoa Phuong has nailed it in the hearts of admirers.

However, in 1964 the marriage of the famous Cai Luong theater couple suddenly broke up.

In 1966, artist Thanh Duoc won a gold medal at the Thanh Tam Award for his role as bandit Thi Dang in the opera. The sound of cranes in the moonlight.

Around 1995, he and his family moved to the US to settle.

Artist Thanh Duoc’s life in the US in his twilight years

It is known that in 2007, his family wanted to organize an anndmirers.

However, in 1964 the marriage of the famous Cai Luong theater couple suddenly broke up.

 anniversary program of artist Thanh Duoc in his hometown, but then due to health reasons, the program was not carried out.



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