FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY
BALLET MANILA’S LA TRAVIATA
Directed by Lisa Macuja Elizalde
OCTOBER 26, 2023, 6:00 PM
This is a ballet and opera production you should not miss!
La Traviata is an opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered at the La Fenice Opera House in Venice on March 6, 1853. La Traviata means the fallen woman or one who goes astray and refers to the main character, Violetta Valéry, a courtesan.
La Traviata’s story is about the courtesan Violetta and Alfredo, the man who falls for her and whom she loves in return. While the passion between them is intense, Violetta is torn, as Alfredo’s father Giorgio asked her to make the supreme sacrifice of leaving Alfredo so his sister would be able to marry properly. Violetta’s illness returns and she is reunited momentarily with Alfredo.
This opera was made into a full ballet by multi-awarded Filipino prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde of Ballet Manila.
3 opera singers will perform live, namely Anna Migallos, Mher U. Nival, and Roby Malubay.
ABOUT THE OPERA SINGERS:
- ANNA MIGALLOS | SOPRANO
Anna Migallos is a soprano whose repertoire ranges from playful Mozart to impassioned Puccini. With a voice that has been described as liquid gold, Anna is equally noted for the fire and sincerity of her performances.
Born in the US, Anna was educated in her home country, where she began earning scholarships at a young age. She graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts with High Honors and Artistic Excellence. She was an Extension Program Scholar at the University of the Philippines College of Music, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music in Voice, Cum Laude. In 2014, Anna earned her Master of Performance in Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music in London. Anna also received scholarships to study at the Interlochen Summer Arts Program in Michigan, USA, and at the Oxenford International Summer School for Singers in Scotland.
Anna has performed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kings Place, Music at Mansfield Street, Mary Abbotts Kensington, the Cadogan Hall for the world premiere of Arahne, a chamber opera by Jan Gorjanc, and at the Royal College of Music with conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Paul Daniel, and Michael Rosewell.
Anna’s operatic roles include Violetta (La Traviata, Verdi); Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti); Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart); Mimi (La Boheme, Puccini); Countess (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart); Micaëla (Carmen, Bizet); Jo (Little Women, Adamo); Fire & Nightingale (L’enfant et les sortilèges, Ravel); Angelina, The Plaintiff (Trial by Jury, Gilbert, and Sullivan).
In 2021, Anna Migallos performed in the FEU Auditorium for the FCA’s Tribute to Antonin Dvorak.
- NOMHER NIVAL | TENOR
Nomher Nival is a tenor graduate of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music. He won First Prize at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 2007 and the Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition (Male Category) in 2015. In 2013, Nomher won the Mr. and Mrs. Tommy and Simonetta Steyer Encouragement Award at the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition in Vero Beach, Florida.
His major roles include the following:
- Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (2019) at the Sta. Cecilia Hall, St. Scholastica’s Manila
- Crisostomo Ibarra in Felipe Padilla-De Leon’s Noli me Tangere (2017 & 2019) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (2017) at the Ayala Musuem
- Rinuccio in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (2017) at the PowerMac Spotlight.
In 2012, Nival was part of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and had the privilege to sing under the baton of Metropolitan Opera House Conductor Fabio Luisi. He also worked with Roberto Servile, baritone, and Marlis Petersen, soprano. He was again chosen to be part of the festival in 2015, where he worked under Gabriella Tucci.
Nival is also a member of the Viva Voce Voice Lab under the direction of Soprano Camille Lopez-Molina.
- ROBY MALUBAY | BARITONE
Roby is a bass-baritone singer, musical theatre actor, and a professional voice teacher. He is also a member of Viva Voce Voice Lab, which produces classical concerts and operas. Roby is a 2nd prize winner of the Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition in 2013 and a finalist in the 2018 Singapore Lyric Opera ASEAN Vocal Competition.
Roby is a graduate of B.S. E-Commerce Technology from Centro Escolar University and a BM in Voice Performance from St. Scholastica’s College Manila.
Free for the FEU Community
(Including FEU Alumni with a valid Alumni Card)
P300.00 for guests
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