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Tenor Nomher Nival, soprano Stefanie Quintin and violinist Christian Tan performed with the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arturo Molina, and delighted audiences in Samsung Hall at SM Aura.
Presenter was the cash-strapped Manila Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Foundation, a staunch supporter of classical music and musicians.
Nival sang “Granada” and brought the house down with “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.” He did a Christmas number for an encore.
Quintin easily connected with the audience with “Frühlingstimmen” by J. Strauss, “Think of Me” and “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera.”
Said the tenor: “It really feels good to sing with an orchestra. Your energy goes high just by imagining that you are being accompanied by so many instruments. MSO is an amazing orchestra.
Stefanie (Quintin) is an amazing and humble artist. Those qualities are enough for anyone to enjoy singing with her.”
The soprano agreed: “It was such a pleasure singing with Nomher. I enjoyed every moment from rehearsal to performance. I stood in awe at the enormity and clarity of his voice! It was challenging for me to sing alongside a very powerful tenor! I felt that I had to sing out more. We made good music together despite my anxieties.”
Quintin’s other engagements include “Christmas in Vienna” on Nov. 29; Handel’s “Messiah” at UP Abelardo Hall Dec. 7-8. She will sing in the contemporary opera “Mila,” by Eli Marshall, in Hong Kong in January next year. Nival is all set to reprise his role as Alfredo in “La Traviata” in Baguio City next year. –CONTRIBUTED