SPECIAL CONCERT SERIES III: ARTHUR ESPIRITU, tenor
Praised for his beautiful lyric voice with agility and color, capable of conveying a ...
DATE / TIME / VENUESeptember 26, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
DESCRIPTIONPraised for his beautiful lyric voice with agility and color, capable of conveying a broad range of characters. Described as singing “superbly with beautiful legato, a regal tenor,” Mr. Espiritu has been steadily establishing himself as an accomplished Bel canto tenor and has had success with the lyric tenor repertoire as well. He has portrayed a wide array of leading tenor roles in the most prestigious opera houses in different parts of the world. His solo concert at the CCP is a must-see!
The SPECIAL CONCERT SERIES features outstanding young Filipino artists in solo concerts. It highlights local and international prize winners in vocal and instrumental music and artists with performing careers abroad. The program seeks to get the general public and the youth to watch and appreciate classical music and be exposed to dynamic young Filipino artists who are making a mark on the classical music scene. Celebrate Filipino talent in the Special Concert Series!
ABOUT THE ARTISTARTHUR ESPIRITU, tenor
Praised for his beautiful lyric voice with agility and color, capable of conveying a broad range of characters. Described as singing “superbly with beautiful legato, a regal tenor”, Mr. Espiritu has been steadily establishing himself as an accomplished Bel canto tenor and has had success with the lyric tenor repertoire as well.
Mr. Espiritu has recently portrayed a wide array of leading tenor roles with Opera Australia (Sydney Opera House) as Rodolfo in La Boheme and as The Shepherd in Szymanowski’s Polish Opera King Roger 2016/17, a debut with St. Margarethen Opera Summer Festival as The Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto, a debut with Munich Symphony in a concert series in Munich, a return to Opera Tel-Aviv with the Israeli Opera as Rodolfo in La Boheme, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Frankfurt Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, a Brigitte Fassbänder production and Elvino in La Sonnambula with Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz, Munich, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, a concept by Calixto Bieito with Theater Basel, Duca in Rigoletto with Oper Klosterneuburg, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme with Theater Magdeburg, Fernando in Donizetti’s La Favorita with Theater St. Gallen Festspiele, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with Oper Leipzig, Lamplighter in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with Baden-Baden Festspiele under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, his very ﬁrst Ferrando in Michael Hampe’s staging of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Teatro alla Scala, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberﬂöte with Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Publio in one of Mozart’s early work Il sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera under the baton of Maestro Neal Goren directed by Christopher Alden.
Among many, Espiritu has sung in places and organizations such as Théâtre des Champs-Élysée, Teatro Piccolo Milano, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theater of St.Louis, Marlboro Music Festival, Louisiana Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, The Royal Opera of Versailles, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Auditorium of Milan with levered Orchestra, Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert hall, Baden-Baden Festspiele.
Upcoming: During the earlier part of 2018/19 season, Mr. Espiritu will debut as Guiltiero with soprano Joyce El-Khoury and conductor Pietro Rizzo in Bellini’s Il Pirata with Theater St. Gallen, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Oper Klosterneuburg, and as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello with Oper Frankfurt.
Arthur Espiritu is a winner of the distinguished 2009 George London Award. Furthermore he received the Scala award at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, won top prizes in with competitions such as The Irene Dalis Competition, Opera Birmingham Competition, Placed Second in the Finals of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He earned both a BA an MM degree from The University of New Orleans and an Artist Diploma from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. His teachers are Dr. Raquel Cortina, Dr. Robert C. White Jr. and the late Professor/Pedagog Richard Miller. He still studies with Dr. White in New York and Dr. Cortina in New Orleans.