Several of Korea’s biggest names in opera will be showcasing their talents in the upcoming staging of “La Traviata” in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater from March 2 to 4 every 8pm. They will be alternating with Philippine opera stars like Rachelle Gerodias, Andrew Fernando, and Arthur Espiritu in a production staged in cooperation with the Daejon Opera Company.

This classic opera from Giuseppe Verdi is made up of three acts that narrates the story of a beguiling prostitute doomed by her fate. Multi-awarded soprano Yi Yun-Kyoung will be playing the tragic heroine, Violetta. Yun-Kyoung had previously won the 2nd highest prize in the Bellini International Voice Competition in Italy and has essayed the lead roles in several challenging operas including La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, and La Boheme. She is currently a visiting professor at her alma mater Keimyung University, where she had obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s in Voice. She also holds two diplomas from the ARENA accademia and AIDM accademia in Italy.

No Daesan, a multi-awarded baritone, will also be playing the role of  Germont on March 2 and 4. Among No’s various achievements is a Placido Domingo Fellowship Award from the Academy of Vocal Arts. His voice has also given life to several opera characters including the title role in “Falstaff” and “Rigoletto” and the roles of Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, Bonze and Yamadori in “Madama Butterfly”, Scarpia in “Tosca”, Escamillo and Marcello in “Carmen”. This is no surprise from someone who holds a Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

Multi-awarded tenor, Lee Jae-Wook will likewise be part of the production as Alfredo. His powerful voice has brought him several awards from the Korean National Vocal Music Competition, Montserrat Cabelle, Rosetum and Nino Carta international vocal competitions. His theater experience is also quite impressive, having been in lead roles of operas such as La Traviata, Rigoletto, Nabucco, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca.

Korean Professor Lee Jae-Joon will be holding sway with his baton as he leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with the University of Sto. Tomas Chorale providing support singing.  Floy Quintos will be the production director while Eric Cruz will be the costume designer.

Tickets are already available through Ticketnet at P1500, P1000, P600, P500, and P300 prices. To reserve your tickets online, visit HERE

This is one of the operatic world’s best works so I’m definitely not missing this. The quality of singing, acting, plus lavish costumes and set design are surely a must-see. It’s normally hard for the Philippine opera scene to stage this because of its grand production so you should grab this chance whether you’re an opera lover or just a general music lover.


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