NEWS: Philippine Opera Company’s Young Artists Series Relives Mario Lanza’s Greatest Hits at the CCP on November 14

Oh Mario

After the success of “Love Sings!” and “T’aint Opera!”, Philippine Opera Company’s Young Artists’ Series (YAS) Season 2018-2019 in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and The Friends of the Philippine Opera Foundation present “Oh Mario!” on November 14, 2018, 7:00 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) Lobby.

“Oh Mario!” will relive The Magic Of Mario Lanza’s Greatest Hits. It is a special celebration concert honoring the life and times of Mario Lanza.

Mario Lanza was the most famous tenor the world had ever known. The greatest tenors of the modern era – Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo and Bocelli – all trace their inspiration back to Lanza who became the first true crossover artist when MGM made him a matinee idol during the 1950s with box office hits such as The Toast of New Orleans, The Great Caruso and The Student Prince. One gold disc followed another with operatic arias and pop hits such as “The Loveliest Night of the Year”, “Because”, “Che Gelida Manina”, “Golden Day”s and his signature ballad, “Be My Love”. Lanza was idolized but within ten years his star had burned itself out and Sadly, Mario’s career was cut short after his passing at the age of 38.

The show will include all of his biggest songs and duets to include: “Serenade”, “Drink, Drink, Drink”, “Deep In My Heart”, “Ave Maria”, “Summertime in Heidelberg”, “Be My Love”, “O Sole Mio”, Arrivederci Roma”, “Granada” “With A Song In My Heart”, “Mattinata” and many more.

Young Artists’ Series is a branch of Philippine Opera Company where the company produces fresh, vibrant opera with a twist, delighting audiences and providing a platform for the stars of tomorrow.

POC’S Young Artists’ Series (YAS) started in October 2012, as a soiree every third Wednesday of the month, featuring our young artists from various colleges and universities. After the success of our first series, POC decided to enhance our YAS program by engaging the artists in more creative work and perform scenes from various Operas—as well as Musical Theater pieces that have crossed over into the classical arena. What makes this event different from other endeavors is the challenge we give to young artists to hone and develop their artistry by giving them the opportunity to stage their own scenes.

To assist and mentor these artists, POC invites several established and well-known directors in the theater industry.

The YAS program is designed to nurture, train and develop the next generation of talented classical singers. It provides a professional training ground for them in the art and craft of stage performance. Our goal is to furnish them with a solid foundation, which will enable the participants to work on their artistic development during the critical phase between end of formal academic training and the beginning of performing careers.

To intensity the growing appreciation for opera, POC developed the “3A” programs that will nurture a new generation of classical singers and audiences — THE ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, THE AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND THE ARTS ASSIST PROGRAM

Over the years, the P0C has witnessed the uptrend in the awareness and appreciation of opera and classical-related performances by Filipinos, particularly the young, educated segment of society.

“We saw the need of “further” training our classical singers when it comes to acting, text analysis, character analysis and movement because these aren’t part of the curriculum in the conservatories. In the conservatory we learn vocal techniques, theories, the basic languages for singing like Italian, German, French and we have the different music literatures but the fundamentals of theater or script are not incorporated in the curriculum.” shares Karla Gutierrez, Artistic and Managing Director of Philippine Opera Company.

“Oh Mario!” will feature Ivan Gerome Bacud, Zscharmaine Barretto, Renz Nathaniel Cruz, Michael del Rosario, Eden Dumlao, Neomi Iaian Giron, Kevin Guiman, Allysa Diane Ili, Camille Maica Juanitez, Lorraine Lisen, Bernadette Mamauag, Lorenzo Mendoza, Rein Pineda, Nazer Salcedo, Camille Tecson with the special participation of Spanish tenor, Miguel Lobato. Collaborating artist, Obel Alalong on the piano.

(L-R, Clockwise)Bernadette Mamauag, Camille Tecson, Kevin Guiman, Camille Maica Juanitez, Eden Dumlao, and Lorenzo Mendoza
(L-R, Clockwise) Lorraine Lisen, Neomi Iaian Giron, Obel Alalong, Renz Nathaniel Cruz, Miguel Lobato, Nacer Salcedo, Rein Pineda, and Zscharmaine Barretto

For details call Philippine Opera Company at 09176452946.

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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