Philippine Opera Company’s Young Artists’ Series Opens 4th Season with ‘Love Sings!’

L-R: Jasmin Salvo, Carlo Bunyi, Cloi Sugano, Bernadette Mamauag, Melisa Camba, Director Jaime Del Mundo, Artistic and Managing Director Karla Gutierrez, Rein Pineda

Philippine Opera Company’s (POC) 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 “LOVE SINGS!” on March 15, 7:00 pm at the lobby of Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

“LOVE SINGS!” is an evening of Passion set to Music by some of the world’s Greatest Composers. Revel in the sensuous and life affirming melodies of Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, Bernstein and Verdi as interpreted by the young stars of Philippine Opera Company as they celebrate Loves Lost and Loves Found.

POC’S Young Artists’ Series (YAS) started in October 2012, as a soiree every third Wednesday of the month, featuring its young artists from various colleges and universities. After the success of the company’s first series, POC decided to enhance its 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 the company gives 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. The 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 the end of formal academic training and the beginning of performing careers.

To intensify 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 POC 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.

“It is very important to connect with the audience most especially for opera. The audience should be able to understand what we’re singing even if we’re singing in a different language.” For ‘LOVE SINGS!’ all the arias will be performed in the English text so that the audience will be able to appreciate and understand what the classical singers are singing.”

YAS’ “LOVE SINGS!” will feature Carlo Miguel Bunyi, Melisa Camba, Bernadette Mamauag, Rein Pineda, Kenneth Kyle Rarama, Nazer Salcedo, Jasmin Salvo and Cloi Sugano with special guest, Jennifer Uy. Collaborating artist, Obel Alalong on the piano.

“LOVE SINGS!” will be directed by Jaime del Mundo.

Proceeds of the show will go to the Artistic and Audience Development Programs of the Philippine Opera Company.

For inquiries call Philippine Opera Company at 09176452926 or 09175272880.

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