Philippine Opera Company’s 20th Anniversary present ‘PASSION’.
In Celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the Philippine Opera Company presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) New York the Manila production of 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical, the Sondheim and Lapine’s ‘PASSION’. The show will be staged at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City from September 14 (Gala Night) to 19, 2019.
Ms. Karla Gutierrez, Philippine Opera Company artistic director told the press during the media launch the two program of the company, 1. The Artistic Development Program and 2, audience development program. The Philippine Opera Company does not only produce high-quality operatic works and musicals but committed to providing its artistic community the opportunity for their continued development in improving their craft. Likewise, to deal with the audiences at all level to enjoy the shows, to educate and to have a deeper appreciation of opera as well as musical shows.
‘PASSION’ is an adaptation from the film called “Passione d’Amore” that depicted love, passion, and obsession among Clara, Giorgio and the Colonel’s desperately ill and unattractive cousin, Fosca. Set in 1863 where Giorgio, the Italian Captain forced to leave Clara after being assigned in a remote military outpost in a war-torn Italy. Where the Italian Captain’s love for Clara put to the test when he falls in love with Fosca.
Sheila Valderrama- Martinez (Fosca), Vien King(Giorgio Bachetti) and Jasmine Fritzgerald (Clara)
Raul Victor Montesa(Colonel Ricci), Noel Rayos(Lt. Toraso), Lorenz Martinez(Dr. Tambourri), Jonel Mojica/Lorenzo Mendoza(Major Rizzolli), Jos Jalbuena(Ludovic/Giorgio Understudy), Vyen Villanueva(Fosca’s Father), Joshua Rex Cheng(Lt. Barri), Timothy Racho(Sgt. Lombardi), Lorraine Lisen (Mistress) and Jasmin Salvo (Fosca’s Mother)
The show will be directed by Robbie Guevara and will have a complete orchestra under the baton of its musical director Daniel Bartolome. According to Ms. Karla, the production will have a complete orchestra required, which hasn’t always been done in PASSION staging since its original Broadway. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by James Lapine
Costume Designer Zenaida Gutierrez and Set Designer Jason Tecson. Passion is under the supervision of Philippine Opera Company artistic director Ms. Karla Gutierrez.
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