MCOF Young Artists’ Series continues with fast rising soprano Stephanie Aguilar

SOPRANO Stephanie Anne G. Aguilar, a prize winner at the 2012 Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition will be presented in a solo recital by the MCO Foundation on August 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Ayala Museum, Makati City.

Currently a student at the UST Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of tenor Lemuel de la Cruz, Stephanie made her debut as Micaela in Lyropera’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” with the UST Symphony Orchestra under Maestro William Barkhymer. She has performed with UST production’s Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rustica”, MusicArtes’ production of “Best of Opera” at the Newport Performing Arts, and in the semi-staged production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Esplanade in Singapore under the baton of Maestro Lan Shui. Most recently, she was invited as the soprano soloist in Singapore Symphony Orchestra production of Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” in celebration of its 10th Anniversary in Esplanade Theater.

Last year, she was hand-picked by the country’s premiere tenor Arthur Espiritu to be part of MCO Foundation’s “An Evening of Bel Canto” with sopranos Myramae Meneses and Elainne Vibal, under the music direction of pianist Najib Ismail. Her performance impressed the audience and critics with her shimmering glorious voice.

She is a regular participant in masterclasses of eminent singers including tenor Arthur Espiritu, tenor Noel Velasco and Gigi Mitchell Velasco; soprano Katrina Saporsantos and most recently, with world-renowned soprano Sumi Jo.

This concert marks Stephanie’s professional solo debut. She will be performing the works of Berlioz, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Turina and Molina.

This concert is made possible through partnership with Ayala Museum, NCCA, Friends For the Cultural Concerns of the Philippines, Raintree Group of Restaurants, BusinessWorld, Her Words, Highlife, Lyric Piano and Organ and 98.7 The Master’s Touch.

The “MCOF Young Artists’ Series” is one of Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation (MCOF)’s core programs. The MCOF, established in 1985, has a mission of promoting classical music. Every year the MCO Foundation selects four (4) of the most promising young artists, who are given the endorsement, performance opportunities, and exposure to a wider public. Oftentimes, the recitals of young artists under the MCOF aegis have become the artists’ official debut as performers.