Carmen in Manila 2012 Article 1

As of this writing, Carmen in Manila 2012, will be one of two announced operas to be staged in 2012, the other being “Madame Butterfly” by MusicArtes and CCP.

Our version of George Bizet’s most popular opera will be the maiden opera production of Lyropera.  As you can guess, we are all so excited about this…and apprehensive.

Excited because this represents the realization of a common dream: to stage a professional local production of this great art form using the endless talent of our local artists.  Apprehensive because we have no idea how the public will receive it…or us.

Carmen in Manila 2012 is presented with the Manila Symphony Orchestra.  This work is commissioned by the Manila Downtown YMCA as part of their Dragon Music Season.

Lyropera, an introduction

“Lyropera”  is the familiar sobriquet of Lyric Opera of the Philippines.  Our mission is to present opera productions of outstanding quality, and to nurture an appreciation of opera, music, and the performing arts through education and outreach.

Lyropera strives to revive the golden age of opera in the Philippines, to recognize and emulate the contributions of local classical greats like Irma Potenciano, Conching Rosal, Gloria Coronel, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Salvacion Yniguez, Mercedes Matias Santiago, Sylvia La Torre, Fides Cuyugan-Asencio, Mamerto Villaba, Gamaliel Viray, Manny Gregorio, Aurelio Estanislao and other legends.

The current board/officers of Lyropera include the following:

Honorary Chairperson:  Irma Potenciano

President:  Juan Alberto Gaerlan

Corporate Secretary/Legal: Kay Balajadia-Liggayu

Treasurer/Business:  Sherwin Sozon

Board member:  Ana Feleo

Board member:  Randy Gilongo