January 24, 2018, 1:51 am
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‘An evening of arias’

A concert to promote and develop appreciation for opera was stage last night,  Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).  “Discover Opera!” An Evening of Arias and Ensemble showcased selections from well-loved operas which will include arias, ensemble pieces and choruses to be sung by young opera singers.

The selections to be featured were chosen from the following operas: Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Die Fledermaus (Strauss), La Traviata (Verdi), Marriage of Figaro (Mozart),  Der Rosenkavalier ((Strauss), Candide (Bernstein), Le Perichole (Offenbach), Romeo and Juliette (Gounod), Don Giovanni (Mozart), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), La Boheme (Puccini), La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti), Werther (Massenet), Barber of Seville (Rossini), Edgar (Puccini) and Le Roi d’Ys (Lalo).

The singers comprised an impressive lineup of young soloists who have been featured in concerts and essayed roles in operas.  They are Bianca Camille Lopez, Blanca Krystl Buesa, Stephanie Aguilar, Nerissa De Juan, Ma. Krissan Manikan, Jhom-erita Chua-So, Malvin Macasaet, Lorenz Lapresca, Leo Angelo Lanuza, Belford Mabunga Nil’s Flores and Renz Cruz.

Stage and music director were  renowned Filipino baritone Andrew Fernando; and  Joseph Evans Quiang was the  collaborating pianist.

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The country’s leading group of resort developers Henann Group of Resorts under the leadership of chairman Dr. Henry Chusuey, executive vice president Alfonso Chusuey and vice president for marketing Karl Chusuey hosted an exclusive thanksgiving dinner for its industry partners at the Glasshouse in New World Makati Hotel. Warmly welcoming guests to the   affair were Henann Group of Resorts vice president for Manila operations Mary Jean Ong and assistant vice president for sales-Boracay area Isabel Garcia. The hardworking Dr. Chusuey gave an update about the several projects the company is currently working on, particularly Henann Group’s newest resorts in Boracay as well as the expansion of Henann Resort Alona Beach Bohol. An awarding ceremony for Henann Garden Resort’s top producers was also done while exciting prizes were raffled off much to the delight of the guests.

To many people involved with the Henann Group of Resorts, this was indeed an important and memorable event!

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For the many that went on holiday last week, I hope you also remembered to keep yourself H-O-L-Y.  indeed we have much to be thankful for…..we had been “saved”…..let’s enjoy that thought and work further to improve ourselves!
Stay beautiful; and happy weekend to all!
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