September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017

 The Rustan Commercial Corporation (RCC), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), and The Peninsula Manila in cooperation with the Philippine-Italian Association (PIA) present Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” (The Elixir of Love) under the auspices of the Italian Embassy on October 7-8 at the CCP Main Theater.  The opera is staged with the sponsorship of Royal Duty Free Shops, Hermes, Debenhams, Rustan Marketing Corporation, Rustan Supercenters, Inc., Megaworld, and Bergamo.  Proceeds of the fundraiser are to benefit the construction of the San Pablo Apostol Parish church in Tondo, Manila.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and the Philippines as well as the 65th Sapphire Anniversary of the Rustan Group of Companies, this comic opera in 2 acts is performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ruggero Barbieri.

First performed in Milan at the Teatro della Canobbiana in 1832, “L’Elisir d’Amore” is the most often performed of Donizetti’s compositions and has been continuously in the global opera repertoire. Set in a tiny hamlet in the Basque region of Spain towards the latter 18th century, the plot involves a down-to-earth worker, Nemorino, who falls for Adina, a beautiful yet indifferent landowner. Enter Belcore, a belligerent military man who seeks Adina’s hand. The plot thickens with the whisperings of Adina’s friend, Gianetta. A wandering quack doctor, Dulcamara, intercedes on behalf of the lovestruck peasant with the eponymous bottle of romance.

The gala performance will be on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm, and the matinee will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Gala tickets are at P5000, P3000, P1500, and P1000 while matinee tickets are at P2500, P1500, P800, and P500. The opera fundraiser will be held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, the main theater of the CCP.

Headlining the international cast is acclaimed soprano Elena Monti, who had debuted in prestigious Italian and international concert halls including the famed Teatro alla Scalla, as Adina. Tenor David Astorga plays her paramour, Nemorino. His nemesis, Belcore, is performed by baritone Byeong In Park. The self-styled “Dr. Encyclopedia”, Dulcamara, is played by comic bass Francesco Vultaggio. Special guest Rachelle Gerodias-Park performs the gossiping Gianetta.

The artistic and production team is led by Director Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini with Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong providing support as Direction Consultant. Set Designer Maurizio Varamo brings the stage to life. Flavio Monti offers invaluable help as Set Project Assistant. Costume Designer Otello Camponeschi ensures that the period outfits appear authentic. Lighting Designer Giovanni Pirandello makes color a character on its own. Coro Tomasino and the Philippine Ballet Theatre lend their vocal artistry and elegant choreography respectively to the production.

The opera fundraiser is produced by Zenaida R. Tantoco with Nestor O. Jardin and Dr. Raul M. Sunico as Executive Producers.

For ticket sales or other inquiries, interested parties can contact the CCP Box Office through 832-3704 or 06 and TicketWorld through 891-9999 or visit the CCP website​