Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Master class, summer workshops with POC

The Philippine Opera Company (POC) will be holding a one-day master class under international opera diva Evelyn Mandac on February 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Philippine Opera Company’s studio at 15 Garcia Villa St. San Lorenzo Village, Makati.

Due to the limited slots, enrollees shall be accepted only on a first-come-first-serve basis. For master class fees and other further details, please call Philippine Opera Company at 8928786 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Evelyn Mandac is the first and, thus far, the only Filipino singer who has performed in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. From 1970 to 1980, Mandac assumed the feminine lead role (or one of the lead roles) in more than 20 operas staged at the Met, and has appeared in major opera houses not only in the US but also in Europe. Time Magazine once described her as “a specially beautiful singer” after Mandac sang with Marilyn Horne in Handel’s “Rinaldo”.

Her engagements have included international festivals such as England’s Glyndebourne, Austria’s Salzburg and Helburn, Italy’s Ravinia, etc. She has sung the operatic roles of Mimi in Puccini’s "La Boheme," Manon in Massenet’s "Manon," Princess Liu in Puccini’s "Turandot," Micaela in Bizet’s "Carmen," Melisande in Debussy’s "Pelleas et Melisande," Gilda in Verdi’s "Rigoletto," Leila in Bizet’s "Les Pecheures de Perles" and Inez in Meyerbeer’s "L’ Africana. " Her lighter roles include Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi" (which marked her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1975), Zerlina in Mozart’s "Don Giovanni," Anna in Verdi’s "Falstaff," Norina in Donizetti’s "Don Pasquale," Sophie in Strauss’ "Der Zauberflote" and "Le Nozze di Figaro."

Conductors have eagerly accompanied her performances over television. Mandac recorded "Carmina Burana" with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a performance that was named BEST IN INTERPRETATION by The Stereo Review. She sang in Tchaikovsky’s "Queen of Spades" with the famed Jennie Tourel, with Peter Adler conducting the BSO. She has also performed with James Levine conducting the Cleveland Symphony, Jan Peerce, Brigit Nilsson, tenor Richard Tucker, Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard, Placido Domingo, mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne, Shirley Barret, Marion Lippert, and Dame kiri Te Kanawa.

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The Philippine Opera Center for the Performing Arts (POCPA) is Philippine Opera Company’s center for training individuals and groups who are interested in honing their skills in voice, musical instruments and stage movement.

For this summer, POC offers voice, piano, guitar, violin lessons and “Music and Movement” for toddlers, children and pre-teens. It also offers “Buddy Lessons” which are offered on voice and instrument lessons. Generally, two friends who want to study voice or the same instrument can register together for this package.

The teachers from Philippine Opera Center for the Performing Arts are music conservatory graduates and practicing professionals. Among them are Nolyn Cabahug, Ana Feleo, Nanette Maigue, Lawrence Jatayna, Lionel Guico, Cynthia Guico, Liesl Batucan, Francis Mattheu, Karla Gutierrez and Elver Esquivel.

You can learn proper vocal techniques and sing varied repertoires of your choice: Classical, Pop, Broadway/Musical Theater, Jazz and Standards.

The “Music and Movement” workshops will run from March 27-May 9. Recital for the summer classes will be on May 10 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza.

Enrollment is now going on for its summer workshops. For inquiries, call POC at 8928786 and look for Doris, or visit #15 Garcia Villa St. San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.


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