Giacomo Puccini’s monumental opera Turandot will be staged at the CCP Main Theatre with a gala on December 9 and a matinee on December 11. It is a live opera with the scale and spectacle that will definitely impress the Filipino and foreign audiences; from the costumes, set designs, lighting to music.
Leading the Creative Cast of Turandot opera in Manila is Italian Director Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini who also directed Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’ Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor at the CCP in 2017 and 2020 respectively, together with Prince Ravivaddhana Monipong Sisowath as assistant director. Maestro Valentino Favoino leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra along with choral ensembles of the Turandot Opera Chorus and Tiples of Mandaluyong Children’s Choir. To complete the visual spectacle, Giovanni Pirandello is joining the team as lighting designer.
The role of Prince Calaf, the mystery Prince, is played by Italian tenor and acclaimed artist, Alessandro Liberatore. Korean soprano, Lilla Lee, plays Princess Turandot in the lead role. Bass Jinsu Lee plays Timur, the exiled Tartar king.
Not to be missed are Philippines’ pride talents on-stage including Soprano Rachelle Gerodias sings the role of Liu, Byeong In Park takes the part of Ping the Grand Chancellor, tenor Ervin Lumauag as Pang the Grand Administrator, and tenor Ivan Nery as Pong the Grand Intendant. Also in the cast are tenor Nomher Nival as Emperor Altoum, and baritone Greg de Leon as Mandarino.
Members of the opera dance ensembles will come from the ranks of Alice Reyes Dance Philippines.
The press conference held last November 21, 2022, 11 am at Hilton Hotel Manila.
Turandot is a project by presenters Cultural Center of the Philippines, Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc., and Rustan Group of Companies, with the Italian Embassy as major sponsor.
Prices for the tickets of Turandot are as follows:
Gala Night, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
Orchestra Center (Php 6,000), Orchestra Sides (Php 5,000), Balcony I Center and Balcony I Sides (Php 2,500)
Matinee, December 11, 3:00 p.m.
Orchestra Center (Php 4,000), Orchestra Sides (Php 3,000), Balcony I Center and Balcony I Sides (Php 1,500)
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CCP Box Office 8832-3704
Cultural Center of the Philippines
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Embassy of Italy
LCS Group of Companies
San Miguel Corporation
Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation
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December 9, 2022, Friday Gala 8:00 PM
December 11, 2022 Sunday Matinee 3:00 PM
Lilla Lee, Soprano – Princess Turandot
Alessandro Liberatore, Tenor – Calaf, The Unknown Prince
Jinsu Lee, Bass – Timur, Exiled Tartar King
Rachelle Gerodias, Soprano – Liu, A Young Slave
Byeong In Park, Baritone – Ping, Grand Chancellor
Ervin Lumauag, Tenor – Pang, Grand Administrator
Ivan Nery, Tenor – Pong, Grand Intendant
Nomher Nival, Tenor – Emperor Altoum
Greg De Leon, Baritone – Mandarino
Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra
Turandot Opera Chorus
Choral Director: Camille Lopez-Molina
Tiples of Mandaluyong Children’s Choir
Alice Reyes Dance Philippines
DIRECTOR, SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Prince Ravivaddhana Monipong Sisowath
GUEST CONDUCTOR: Maestro Valentino Favoino
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Giovanni Pirandello
BENEFICIARY: Philippine Italian Association
Words and images courtesy of CCP.