Lead South Korean artists present “Rigoletto” at CCP on Aug. 22

MANILA — South Korean artists will stage the full length opera ‘Rigoletto’ by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi on Aug. 22 and Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.at the CCP Main Theater.

The opera is presented by the CCP in cooperation with the Filipino Opera Society Foundation Inc., Bohol Restoration Group, and the Rustan Group of Companies.

The title role will be played by internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded South Korean baritone Daesan No, with soprano Yun Kyoung Yi and tenor Jae Wook Lee in the other major roles.

Yun Kyoung Yi, Daesan No, and Jae Wook Lee had performed in Manila during the CCP’s highly acclaimed production of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata in 2013.

In March 2014, Ms. Yi and Mr. No were featured with the UST Symphony Orchestra concert at the CCP Main Theater as soloists in the monumental Symphony no. 9 of Beethoven.

They also performed together during the same period of their Philippine visit at the Ayala Museum in a joint song recital.

‘Rigoletto,’ an opera in four acts is considered by many to be the first of Verdi’s masterpieces during the latter part of his career.

Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunchback court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda.

The opera’s original title, La Maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto’s encouragement.

The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father.

Supporting performers are noted Filipino noted vocalists Ronan Ferrer, Nenen Espina, Thea Perez, Jun Francis Jaranilla, Noel Azcona, and the male members of the Coro Tomasino.

Musical Director Jae Joon Lee will conduct the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO)while Floy Quintos will be the stage director.

Baritone Daesan No is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

He has performed the role of Falstaff in Tanglewood under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, the lead role in Rigoletto and Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca and Escamillo in Carmen with the New York City Opera and Opera Grand Rapids.

He had performed with the BBC National Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London, the Montreal Symphony, and the Mexico Symphony Orchestra at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Jae Wook Lee has performed in numerous operas in Italy, Singapore, Philippines, Ecuador, and South Korea, portraying lead roles in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Nabucco, Puccini’s La Boheme, Turandot, Madame Butterfly, and Manon Lescaut, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Elisir d’Amore, Mozart’s Doe Zauberflote and Cosi fan Tutte, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Bizet’s Carmen, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, and Korean operas Choon Hyang Jean and Guibyang.

He had also given recitals in Italy, Germany, China, Japan, Singapore, Hongkong, South America, and South Korea.

A first prize winner in the National Vocal Competition in Korea, he was also a laureate in the International Competitions of Montserrat Caballe, Rosetum, and Nino Carta.

Ticket prices for the Aug. 22 Gala (7 p.m.) are P2000, P1500, P800, P500. Tickets for the August 24 Matinee (3 p.m.) are P1200, P800, P500, P300. Discounts are 50 percent for students and 20 percent for senior citizens, government and military employees.

Proceeds of the production will go to the rehabilitation of the heritage sites in Bohol destroyed by the recent earthquake and typhoon Yolanda through the Bohol Restoration Group. PNA


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