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Multi-awarded Korean opera singers invade Manila

DAESANNo, Yun-Kyoung Yi

An evening of opera awaits classical music lovers as two of Korea’s multi-awarded singers, soprano Yun-Kyoung Yi and baritone Daesan No, perform on March 27, 7 p.m., at the Ayala Museum, Makati City.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Filipino classical singers featured in German opera houses


On April 12, 16 and 21, the opera world will be watching when Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu sings Edmondo in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the biggest opera house in Germany.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Awesome night of Verdi opera excerpts

CULTURAL activist Vicky Zubiri, eye-catching beauty Agnes Roscigno, Italian Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno, Rustan’s president Zenaida “Nedy” Tantoco

The Embassy of the Republic of Italy, Philippine Italian Association, Rustan’s and Cultural Center of the Philippines staged an awesome opera showcase honoring the 200th birth anniversary of the great Romantic opera composer Giuseppe Verdi at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Bass-baritone Cruz joins graduation recital

RAINIER Arthur Pinto Cruz

Bass-baritone Rainier Arthur P. Cruz will be performing a scene from the opera, “L’Elisir d’Amore,” by Gaetano Donizetti, as Dulcamara, in the graduation recital of his student, Elijah John Marquez, at the Dalisay Aldaba Hall, University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Chino Toledo’s new opera on Bonifacio: Like a ‘telenovela’

FLOY Quinto,Marvin Gayramon, Margarita Roco, Dondi Ong, composer Chino Toledo, National Artist Virgilio Almario, Arman Ferrer

It is not a rock or a pop opera,” composer Josefino (Chino) Toledo states categorically. “It’s a new opera, it’s a serious… well, it’s an opera!” He laughs.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Enjoying life while being in the moment


I was 19 when I watched my first opera, “La Sonnambula,” at the Vienna Opera House.   “La Sonnambula” is one of those operas composed for bel canto, which by its literal translation, “beautiful singing,” is really an understatement. In fact it was composed by Vincenzo Bellini with a mature soprano in mind, one capable [...]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Laurice Guillen on ‘Carmen’: Opera can be very emotional like ‘teleserye’

LAURICE Guillen directing Anna Feleo and Randy Gilongo in “Carmen”

Actor-director Laurice Guillen is all praises for the acoustics of the Far Eastern University Auditorium where Bizet’s “Carmen” will be re-staged today, 6 p.m., with Anna Feleo in the title role.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Tenor Arthur Espiritu to close 2013 Filfest concert season in Alabang

ARTHUR Espiritu as Don Ottavio, with soprano Sara Hershkowitz

Tenor Arthur Espiritu is featured in “Opera Gala,” the final offering of the Filfest Cultural Foundation 2013 series, on Nov. 9, at the Insular Life Auditorium, Insular Life Building Filinvest Corporate City, Muntinlupa.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Gerard Salonga survives 4-hour opera marathon


With close to a dozen individual solo and ensemble numbers, the Resorts World’s “Best of Opera” last week was star-studded and the cast list read like the “Who’s Who in Philippine Opera.”

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Opera screenings in HD, Dolby sound open tomorrow at CCP


Opera fans and those who are curious to try out the art form will now be able to watch shows staged by New York City’s Metropolitan Opera (Met) without flying to the USA.

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Soprano Evelyn Mandac in Manila: ‘I never stop learning’


Seen up close and personal, international opera star Evelyn Mandac, a living national treasure even if she is a US citizen, strikes one as a serene (she is into yoga), gracious woman with a keen sense of humor and a keen mind which sometimes turns philosophical.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

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