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2008 Toyota Classics in Manila this November


Proceeds of this year's concert will be donated to Environmental Studies

Manila- Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) Corporation will stage the 2008 Toyota Classics at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on November 5. This year, the Toyota Classics will feature the world-renowned Vienna Operatta Orchestra, under the baton of Siegrfried Andraschek, with tenor Michael Suttner and soprano Izabela Labuda. Filipino vocalist, Julia Duncan, will also join the orchestra performance.

Ticket proceeds of this year's concert will be donated to the Environmental Studies Institute of Miriam College, Mariano Marcos State University, and Philippine National Red Cross. This year's tour, which is also the 19th since TMC began holding concerts in 1990, continues to bear Toyota's commitment of promoting the culture of music in Asia. The event will also be conducted in cooperation with Toyota distributors in Asia, with proceeds from each concert donated to local charities.

Michael Suttner (Tenor)

Michael Suttner is among Germany's most prominent tenors, with pure, rich, sound and subtle tonal range to characterize his vocal interpretations. With a growing reputation in the music spectrum, Suttner's eventful calendar of performances includes famous roles in operetta and musical theatre. The success to these performances can be testified by grand awards such as first prize in 2003's international singing competition at Gotiz, Austria and a nomination for Bavarian Young Artist's Prize in 2005.

Izabela Labuda (Soprano)

Born in Poland, Izabela Labuda is globally acclaimed with awards from the International Competition in Toulouse (1987), the Belvedere Competition in Vienna (1988), the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia (1988), and the New Vioces Guetersloher Competition. Other highlights of her musical career include title roles in The Merry Widon in Berlin, Mona Lisa by Max Schilling, and Rusalka at the Komische Opera.

Julia Duncan (Vocalist)

Filipino vocalist Julia Duncan joins the Vienna Operetta Orchestra as they perform in Manila. Daughter of late folk singer Theodore Duncan, she has a genuine passion for music and a rich musical background. The diverse lineup of influences pushed Duncan to develop an original and more personal style- fusing various elements from bossa nova, Filipino, samba, French, Portugese and Spanish music.

Tickets are available at TicketWorld outlets in selected major National Bookstore and Robinson's Department Stores, and in Ayala malls, Greenbelt and Glorietta 1. You may also call 891.9999 or visit for more inquiries and information.
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