Espiritu, a native of Morong, Rizal, became the only Filipino tenor to sing at La Scala di Milan when he performed Ferrando in Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” in 2007.
(But the first Filipino singer to make it to La Scala was really bass baritone José Mossesgeld-Santiago Font, a cousin of Carmen Guerrero-Nakpil; he was Sparafucile in “Mefistofele” in the 1932-1933 season of La Scala.)
The tenor got to La Scala when he joined the Belvedere Voice Competition in Vienna and got the Scala award.
For his Manila debut, Espiritu will share the limelight with soprano Rachelle Gerodias and pianist Najib Ismail. The concert will highlight the art of beautiful singing (bel canto).
Espiritu has just wrapped up an engagement in Stadt Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland, where he sang Donizetti’s “Il Diluvio Universal” and a “Messa di Requiem.”
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