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PH’s first female pop opera group sings at Luce

Opera Belles, the first pop opera girl group in the Philippines, held a concert last July 31 and Aug. 1 at the Luce Auditorium.

The singers in the musical group are Cris Go, a music major at the University of the Philippines; Lorraine Lisen, a voice major at the University of Santo Tomas; and Mariel De Leon, a professional cookery major in New Zealand who plans on having her own café.

Opera Belles is a musical group that sings pop songs in a classical manner. Some of the songs they performed included Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” Katy Perry’s “Roar” and “Fireworks,” Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go,” and the Visayan song, “Usahay.”

“It is our time to bridge the gap in promoting classical music to the youth and bring it with pop,” said Go.

For de Leon, the group’s goal is to reach out to the youth and open their minds about classical music. She said that they rearrange the songs to fit to their classical voices.

Lisen said they had to study “Usahay” because they did not understand Bisaya. However, she added that the melody speaks to them even if they cannot understand the song completely.

The three added that they would love to go back and perform in Dumaguete again.

Go, Lisen, and de Leon are the new batch of the Opera Belles that started last 2014. The first batch started in 2010 and was composed of singers Allison Tanner, Lara Maigue, and Jam Valdes.

by Andrea Dawn Boycillo

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