Established in 2012, Lyric Opera of the Philippines or LyrOpera for short is a non-stock non-profit opera company whose mission is to present opera productions of outstanding quality and to nurture an appreciation of opera, music and the performing arts through education and outreach.
LyrOpera strives to champion the Filipino classical singer. We wish to revive the golden age of opera in the Philippines, and to recognize and emulate the contributions of local classical voice greats like Irma Ponce Enrile Potenciano, Conching Rosal, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Salvacion Yniguez, Mercedes Santiago, Sylvia La Torre, Fides Cuyugan-Asencio, Mamerto Villaba, Gamaliel Viray, Manny Gregorio, Aurelio Estanislao and other legends.
The honorary chairperson of LyrOpera is Maestra Irma Ponce Enrile Potenciano.
In 2012, two tenor-friends, John Glenn Gaerlan and Sherwin Sozon, decided to put up an opera company. They envisioned this company to champion the Filipino classical singer and to produce productions that emulate the golden age of Opera in the Philippines. It was Gaerlan who coined the name “LyrOpera” or “Lyric Opera of the Philippines”.
The first production of the fledgling opera company was a pan-Asian concert which gathered together singers from 6 Asian cities. The 6 cities include: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Baguio and Metro Manila. Conducting the Manila Symphony Orchestra was Maestro Arturo Molina.
The first opera production of the company was Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Directed by renowned film and television director Laurice Guillen, the opera put forth the standards by which LyrOpera produced operas now follow.
In the years since, the company has been steadily gaining momentum and expanding its membership. Being a non-profit company, LyrOpera partners with different companies and organizations to pursue its objectives and advocacy.