NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA in New York City | Photo by Randy Gener
NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA in New York City | Photo by Randy Gener

GPS | THE AMERICAS | NEW YORK CITY | The cast numbers 30 singers. The pit houses 35-piece orchestra musicians. On sheer numbers alone, the Noli Me Tangere Opera is a large-scale production. The opera is based on an epic novel: the 1887  historical classic by Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ National Hero.

The ambition is huge as well: the East Coast premiere of the Philippines’ first full-length grand opera — the first Filipino-language opera composed in the European opera format.

NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA in New York City | Photo by Randy Gener
NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA in New York City | Photo by Randy Gener

The limited run of Noli Me Tangere Opera, featuring music by Felipe de Leon and a libretto by Guillermo Tolentino (both Philippine National Artists), runs at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Although it is considered the most performed Filipino opera, the entire work has rarely been completely realized on any stage with a full orchestra since it first debuted in 1957.

For tickets ($60-$150), call 646-415-1853, email filartists@gmail.com or visit nolimetangereoperanyc.org

Philippine National Artists Felipe Padilla de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino's 1957 opera NOLI ME TANGERE made its New York stage debut last night at The Kaye Playhouse in Hunter College.
Philippine National Artists Felipe Padilla de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino’s 1957 opera NOLI ME TANGERE made its New York stage debut last night at The Kaye Playhouse in Hunter College.

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