Lucia di Lammermoor
DONIZATTI’s OPERA Lucia di Lammermoor will have performances on Jan. 31, 8 p.m., and Feb. 2, 3 p.m. at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Set in Scotland in the late 16th century, the opera is a story of politics, thwarted love, and madness, based on Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. It stars French soprano Melody Louledjian, Korean baritone Byeong-in Park, Filipino-American tenor Arthur Espiritu, and tenor Ivan Nery, with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Alessandro Palumbo. Presented by the CCP, the Rustan’s Group of Companies, the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, and the Embassy of Italy Manila, proceeds from the opera performances will benefit the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Society and the Philippine Italian Association Endowment Fund. For tickets, call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704, or TicketWorld at 8891-9999. Free tickets will be distributed two hours before the show at the reception table at the Main Theater Lobby. For the matinee performance on Feb. 2, discounts for students will be given for Orchestra section tickets. For more information, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
1 for 3 concert
THE Solaire Resort and Casino, in cooperation with PLDT Home, presents the concert 1 for 3 on Feb. 1, 8 p.m., at the Theater at Solaire, The show features Christian Bautista, Aicelle Santos, and Mark Bautista, and is directed by Paolo Valenciano, with musical direction by Mel Villena. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
New Rules mall show
BRITISH BAND New Rules is coming to Manila this February for a series of mall shows produced by Star Events before headlining their sold-out tour in the UK and Ireland. Dubbed New Rules Live in Manila, the mall shows will be held on Feb. 1 at the Ayala Malls Circuit, and Feb. 2 at Market! Market! The shows will also feature Filipino artist Iñigo Pascual, with whom New Rules collaborated for an acoustic session last year. For more details, follow @stareventsph on Twitter and Instagram.
THE largest educational kids’ fair in the Philippines, SmartKids Asia Philippines, is back for its sixth edition, meaning another jam-packed weekend of fun for parents and children. With activities that cater to children and families, SmartKids will be held on Feb. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Halls 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.