ARTHUR Espiritu as Don Ottavio, with soprano Sara Hershkowitz
Tenor Arthur Espiritu to close 2013 Filfest concert season in Alabang
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:57 AM October 28, 2013
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.
Espiritu has performed in major opera companies in the world such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opera Fuoco in France, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Israel Opera in Tel Aviv, Opera North of England, Connecticut Opera, Austin and Santa Fe.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Espiritu won the grand prize in the 2009 George London Award; La Scala award in the Belvedere Vocal Competition in Vienna; Irene Dalis Vocal Competition; and Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition.
Joining Espiritu are soprano Myramae Meneses, 2012 Aliw Awards’ Best Actress in a Musical and grand-prize winner of the Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition; stage and film actress Ana Feleo, who earned critical acclaim as Carmen in Lyric Opera Production of Bizet’s opera “Carmen” early this year; and the country’s foremost bass baritone Noel Azcona, also the assistant conductor of the internationally famous University of Santo Tomas Singers.
Joining them are pianists Najib Ismail and Mary Anne Espina of the UST Conservatory of Music.
Repertoire consists of excerpts from some of the best loved operas, such as “Carmen,” “La Boheme,” “Samson and Delilah,” and “L’ Elisir D’ Amore.” The concert will be performed with Supertitle’s English translation projected above the stage.
Insular Life is the main sponsor of the concert. Other sponsors: Vivere Hotel, Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant, San Miguel Corporation, Tollways Corporation, CITRA Corporation and Lyric Piano.
For tickets, call Marie at tel. 5853823; 0917-8176143.