Artistic Director.....................................................................................................................PJ Freebourn
Music Director and Conductor........................................................................................Anthony Smith
Lighting Designer and Tour Coordinator....................................................................Gretta Daughtrey
Stage Manager....................................................................................................................Gracie Carleton

Hair and Make-up Designer....................................................................................................Robert Kyle
Costumes..........................................................................................................................KGB Productions

                                                                                                               Chicago Custom Costumes
Multimedia Artist...........................................................................................................Patricia Bernardo
Graphic Designer......................................................................................................................Terry Julien













Jose Rizal's famous novel NOLI ME TANGERE (Touch Me Not), was written in l887, yet resonates with the "social cancer" it hoped to quell in many present day countries. "NOLI" as the novel is popularly called, is one of two books written by the Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal, a renaissance man, writer, poet and physician, who was inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Worlds apart, both dedicated their lives to fighting for freedom and equality through the might of their pen. 


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The Start of A New Journey

After a series of successful projects with Asian artists and Asian American groups, most especially with the recently concluded sold-out showing at the prestigious Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, MAFFAA had an epiphany that opened its eyes to a paradigm shift. Through it’s indefatigable leader, Lorna Imperial-Seidel reached out to KGB Productions, the company who originally envisioned the World Premiere of Noli Me Tangere in Chicago, IL several years ago. It is through their groundbreaking production which was well received by opera critics and applauded by opera enthusiasts alike that made Noli Me Tangere possible to be shared and widely appreciated by mainstream Americans.


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Spain has ruled the Philippines since the fifteen hundreds and the Spaniards are considered the social elite. A reception is given by Kapitan Tiago at his mansion in honor of Crisostomo Ibarra, a young and rich Filipino who has just returned after seven years of study in Europe. The only son of one of Kapitan Tiago’s friends, Ibarra is engaged to the beautiful Maria Clara, Tiago’s  daughter.


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creative team

Felipe Padilla de Leon (1912-1992) was born in Penaranda, Nueva Ecija, on May 1, 1912. After being educated both in Manila and in the United States, he became a major Philippine composer, conductor and scholar. He is known for his translation of the Philippine National Anthem from the original Spanish to Tagalog, and his famous piece Payapang Daigdig, composed the morning after he woke up to the destruction of the city of Manila during World War II. He depicted what is noble, exalted and heroic in the Filipino. 


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