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‘Noli Me Tangere, The Opera’ staged for CCP’s 50th celebration

March 08, 2019 – Carla Delgado

For three days only, “Noli Me Tangere, The Opera” will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for the celebration of its 50th year. The show will be held at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on Mar. 8 to 10.

Everyone knows Dr. Jose Rizal and the classic story of Crisostomo Ibarra. There continues to be various forms of adaptations of his novel, “Noli Me Tangere,” because its themes of love, hope, and betrayal are timeless. His novel was bold, having been one of the first popular pieces of literature to actually acknowledge the corruption within the government, the violence of the church, and the harm caused by the elite class. This tale is told and retold simply because every generation aims to show just how relevant it is in the present time.

The opera debuted way back in 1957. Since then, it has been restaged thrice locally (1974, 1987, and 2014) and once premiered abroad (2013), proving that many generations enjoyed this Filipino masterpiece over the years. Throughout all its restagings, it has continuously done its best to improve and tell the story in the best way possible. This 2019, Director and Set & Costume Designer Jerry Sibal says that they will be using LED walls with the set pieces to provide a better feel for the audiences.



Maria Clara and Crisostomo Ibarra shares a moment together. / Mark Francis Parallag




Ibarra defends Don Rafael, his father, from Padre Damaso's belittling. / Mark Francis Parallag





It is notable that this operatic adaptation was the shared effort of two National Artists, namely: Felipe Padilla De Leon (music) and Guillermo Tolentino (libretto). The production undeniably shows just how brilliant and talented Filipinos can be. The overall production showcases Filipino-ness, which resonates with a deeper part in each one of us. With about 200 people working together for the success of the productions, both onstage and offstage, they are sure to provide audiences with a show that they will never forget. 

If you think that this might not be your cup of tea because it’s an opera, you’ll never know for sure unless you watch it. They offer a 50 percent discount for students and 20 percent discount for senior citizens, PWD, and government and military personnel.


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