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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nolimetangereoperanyc.org Related articles Celdran loses appeal in ‘Damaso’ case (rappler.com) ‘Noli Me Tangere’ to make opera debut in NY (rappler.com) Opera News | “Noli” makes a grand debut in NYC (thejournalist.ie) Opera News | “Noli” opera attracts advocates for NYC premiere (thejournalist.ie) First Filipino …
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Members of the Filipino-American community are invited to hear musical excerpts from the opera and meet the producers and performed on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30PM at the Philippine Center. (556 Fifth Avenue).
Felipe de Leon’s opera version of “Noli Me Tangere” is based on a historical novel by Jose Rizal which tracks the twilight of Spanish colonization in Philippines. A novel that rocked the Philippines to political consciousness in the late 19th century. A country whose classical opera tradition borrowed greatly from the introduction of European opera.