By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files
Distinguished Filipino baritone Andrew Fernando takes his first crack as Padre Damaso in the Felipe Padilla de Leon opera, “Noli Me Tangere” in New York on October 4, 5, 6 at the Kaye Playhouse of Hunter College in New York.
Last heard as Germont in La Traviata, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and as Don Basilio in the CCP staging of “Barber of Seville,” Fernando admits the part is only his second role in a Filipino opera. “This is my first time to be in a full production of the opera. I have sung Elias’ aria from the same opera whenever I can but never as a role on stage. My first role in a Filipino opera was in ‘Aba! Sto Nino!’ of Father Manuel Maramba at the CCP in 1993.”
Fernando’s character -- who is one of the most hated characters in Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” next to Dona Victorina – was the same one that caused the conviction of tourist guide Carlos Celdran “for offending religious feelings.”
On September 30, 2010, Celdran carried a placardRead More »from New York ‘Noli’ has Andrew Fernando as Padre Damaso