(courtesy of Ate Rina from her blog)
The Foundation for the Musical Filipino (FMF), in cooperation with the MCO Foundation and BDO, takes pride in presenting soprano Katrina Saporsantos, who recently returned from her studies abroad, in a concert at the Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO South Tower (formerly PCIB), Makati City on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 6 p.m.
In May of this year, Ms. Saporsantos received her master of music degree in classical voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York under the tutelage of soprano Ashley Putnam. While at MSM, she sang for masterclasses conducted by soprano Lauren Flanigan and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. She won 1st prize in the 2008 Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and was invited by the South African Consul General to sing the South African National Anthem at their Freedom Day celebration. At the personal invitation of Ambassador Hilario Davide, Permanent Ambassador of the Philippines to the UN, she sang at the Philippine Independence Day Dinner held at the United Nations in New York.
Prior to her studies in New York, Ms. Saporsantos received her bachelor of music degree in voice at the University of the Philippines College of Music studying under tenor Ramon Acoymo. She was a prizewinner at the 2002 Solo Voice Category of the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA). She was a featured singer for three consecutive years at the Bamboo Organ Festival from 2004 to 2006; at the 7th San Agustin International Music Festival; and at performances of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, most notably for Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Philippine Premiere of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. In 2003, she performed the role of Bizen no Kata at the world premiere of Manuel Maramba’s Ukon Takayama in Japan.
For her homecoming recital, Ms. Saporsantos will perform music by Amy Beach, Augusto Espino, Richard Wagner, Alfredo Catalani, Giacomo Puccini, Jules Massenet, and the world premiere of a piece by John August Pamintuan. Accompanying her will be pianist Benjie Dia.
Ms. Saporsantos will be shortly returning to New York to pursue a Professional Studies Certificate under a scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music. She will also be performing Wagner’s Wesendock Lieder with the Manhattan Philharmonia under the baton of Maestro Klauspeter Seibel on March 27, 2009.
Soprano Katrina Saporsantos in Recital, Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO South Tower, Makati Ave., corner HV de la Costa, Makati City, August 3, 2008; 6 pm. Tickets, priced at P200 for students and P500 for the general public will be available at the hall entrance on the day of the concert. For reservations, please contact Mayenne at 9366781/09178997579 or email@example.com. For sponsorships please contact Conrad at 3874392/8924769 or firstname.lastname@example.org