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‘La Boheme’ to be mounted; Arrieta returns to the concert hall

SOPRANOS Margarita Giannelli andMyramae Meneses

Another opera treat coming is the mounting of Puccini’s “La Boheme” at Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Oct. 18-19, under the direction of Anton Juan.

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Tutto opera’


My cat loves opera. Ever since Manny C turned me on to the Classica channel, the cat has been sitting at the foot of my bed, watching intently. The set is only a few inches above her head. When “Turandot” begins, her ear twitches with pleasure—or is it the tickle of a flea?

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini’: Opera in the guise of a small-scale musical

ROEDER Camañag
as the Sublime
Paralytic in Dulaang
UP’s “Ang Huling
Lagda ni Apolinario
Mabini,” directed
by Dexter Santos

Dulaang UP’s latest offering, “Ang Huling Lagda ni Apolinario Mabini,” is a one-act reimagining of the titular national hero’s final days in exile in Guam and his conditional return to Manila, with book and lyrics by Floy Quintos and original music by Krina Cayabyab.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Theater | Read More »

Australian opera company bans ‘Carmen’ for smoking


An Australian opera company is being criticized for banning as part of a sponsorship deal performances of “Carmen” for two years because the 140-year-old French opera depicts smoking.

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Noli’ opera gets some updating for 21st- century audience

SLICK art direction characterizes the production.

In 1957, composer Felipe Padilla de Leon wrote the first full-length Philippine opera, a dramatization of Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere.” With libretto by eminent sculptor Guillermo Tolentino (both would later be named National Artists), the production was mounted at the historic auditorium of Far Eastern University.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »