The CCP and J&S Productions Inc. will co-present the Philippines’ first full-length opera, Noli Me Tangere, The Opera. The opera will mark its 60th anniversary after its premier at FEU in 1957 and its CCP debut in 1974. The show will run for a limited engagement this January 28 to February 3, 2017.
(READ: ‘Noli Me Tangere, The Opera’ 60th Anniversary Production to Open in January 2017)
This production, which earlier had engagements in NY, Washington DC, and Resorts World Manila, will feature more than 200 opera singers, musicians, and crew, 16 scene changes, and a brand-new staging under the directorial reins of debuting stage director Jerry Sibal. Here are glimpses of the majestic set designs:
The music will be played by the newly formed 53-piece Noli Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.
At the press conference held last January 5 at the CCP lobby, CCP President Dr. Raul Sunico said,
“Some of the issues [in Noli Me Tangere] are somewhat irrelevant right now, because definitely we are not an oppressed nation like before, but many of the values that are presented there are still relevant to us– the issues of corruption, the issues of injustice, the issues of other things regarding the government, the private sector, as well as our individual selves. So Noli Me Tangere is still very much relevant in our lives.”
He also mentions that this production is an entirely new production from the Resorts World staging last 2014, with a completely different cast, director, musicians, and sets.
The video below gives you a preview of what you can expect from the production:
1. Awit ng Gabi performed by Stephanie Aguilar who plays Sisa
2. Gising na O Inang Ko performed by Mari Yapjoco who plays Basilio
3. Ang Aking Isinangguni performed by Ronan Ferrer
4. Kay Tamis ng Buhay performed by Bianca Camille Lopez, Jade Riccio, Aretha Angcao, and Nerissa de Juan who all alternate as Maria Clara
5. Lupang Pangako performed by The Ensemble with Nomher Nivak, Em El Ancantara, and Irene Quiso-Ednave
All performances were accompanied by pianist Mary Anne Espina and the Noli Symphony Orchestra under the Baton of Herminigildo Ranera
You can buy tickets here.