Auditions For NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA This Weekend, 1/18-19

Auditions For NOLI ME TANGERE, THE OPERA This Weekend, 1/18-19Manila, Philippines--The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in cooperation with J&S Productions Inc., is casting for the acclaimed Filipino opera, "Noli Me Tangere," based on Dr. Jose Rizal's famous novel, featuring the music by Felipe de Leon and libretto by Guillermo Tolentino. Directed by New York-based event designer Jerry Sibal, with veteran actor-director Jose Jeffrey Camañag as his co-director, the beloved operatic masterpiece, the Philippines' first full-length opera, returns to the CCP Main Theatre on March 8-10, 2019, in celebration of the cultural center's 50th anniversary.

This is an open call, where all the roles--principal and ensemble--are being cast. Auditions will be held this weekend, January 18 (Friday) and January 19 (Saturday), 2 to 6 p.m., at Saint Paul University Manila (680 Pedro Gil St., Malate, Manila).

If you're interested to try out for any of the principal roles (Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, Elias, Maria Clara, Padre Damaso, Pilosopo Tasyo, and Sisa), please sing the character's aria (preferred) or an aria of your choice.

Also, please bring the following: (1) an updated resume, (2) two recent 4R photos (one head shot, one full-body shot), and the piano score of your chosen aria.

"Noli Me Tangere, The Opera" premiered at the Far Eastern University in 1957 and made its CCP debut in 1974. This production, which recently had critically-acclaimed engagements in New York, Washington D.C., and Manila (Resorts World Manila and CCP), follows the story of Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, who returns to the Philippines after pursuing scholarly studies in Europe. He plans to open up a school and marry Maria Clara, his betrothed. However, parish priest Padre Damaso, the archenemy of the Ibarras, is out to hinder Crisostomo's plans, which creates a dramatic storyline of forbidden love, betrayal, and revenge.

"Kay Tamis Ng Buhay," "Awit ng Gabi ni Sisa," and "Gising Na, O Inang Ko" are some of the more popular songs from the show.

For inquiries, call Alice Borbe at 0935-393-5485 or 0921-528-6308.

Photo: Aldwin Ku

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