Spoliarium “The Opera”


Past Events 2014-15


Spoliarium “The Opera”

Thursday, October 1 -Saturday, October 3, 2015

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Spoliarium: Juan Luna is three-act neo-romantic opera which promises to regale the audience with different musical glimpse.  We promise to delight the audiences with high caliber performances of the actors, chorus and the orchestra.  We take pride to the true artistry of the Filipino which serves as a national pride and an inspiration to the world.

Conceived by Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, one the Philippines foremost opera singers and set to music by Ryan Cayabyab, the Spoliarium brings us back to Paris  on the eve of the Philippine Revolution:  an era when the names like the Jose Rizal, the Pardo de Tavera, Hidalgo and the Luna brothers, and others of the propaganda movement did their best for nationhood and independence.

Juan Luna, a renowned Filipino world class painter brought honors for the country for his acclaimed international masterpieces, won the gold medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition for his painting, the Spoliarium.  Against this backdrop, life became art with the tragic drama of Luna’s private life.  Immensely in love with his wife, his rampaging emotions and jealousy turned to rage, and lead him to kill his mother in law, and mortally wounded his wife, who eventually succumbed to death.

This show would lead us to the disturbed mind of a genius reminding us all of the thin line that separates sanity from madness. The theatrical production illustrates the complexities of a brilliant minds and its effect to the artist’s state of being and how his thoughts on his wife led to a tragic ending.

Foundation for Filipino Artists, Inc.
The Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc.
Pierre le Saint Events NYC

Libretto by Fides-Cuyugan Asensio
Music by  Ryan Cayabyab
Direction by Anton Juan
Michael Kuhn as Juan Luna
Bianca-Camille Lopez as Paz
Aida Gamboa as Dona Juliana
Andrew Fernandez as Trini

More info   800.338.2839