The Nightingales Duo from the Philippines
Ma. Bianca Camille Lopez (soprano) Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz (soprano)
The Nightingales combines the beautiful voices of Bianca Camille Lopez and Ma. Rhina Palma-Cruz, enthralling various audiences in the country and in the world through their unique style of performing a wide-range repertoire of opera arias, Broadway classics, folksongs and even popular standards, all in a unique style of singing - bel canto or beautiful voice.
As former soloists of the country’s premier choir and internationally acclaimed ensemble, The Philippine Madrigal Singers, these carefully honed, and seasoned singers have captivated audiences in their most recent performances in China, Canada, United States of America, Africa, and Europe. They take pride in being the first performing group from the Philippines to have been invited in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Africa. In the Philippines, they have graced significant events for the 50th Anniversary of the ASEAN, official functions organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as international cultural exchange programs of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
In 2017, they wowed various audiences in different countries during their first European concert tour, where they were also invited to present during the 15th Festival de Música Española de Cadiz in Spain. Here, their performances were hailed as with “all pure sympathy and spontaneity, transmitting their culture through their voices.” (Jessica Sanchez-Ferragut, Diyaryo de Cadiz).
Most recently, they were warmly welcomed in various cities in Taiwan (Hsinchu, Chiayi, Tainan and Taipei), where they staged various concerts and shared more of their knowledge to local choristers and solo singers during their music workshops.
Aiming to bring classical music closer to the younger audience, and to contribute to the development of choirs and singers all over the country, the duo has generously involved itself in reaching out to different music enthusiasts and aspiring singers by means of outreach workshops, further expanding the mission of the Philippine Madrigal Singers of a “Singing Philippines”.
Ma. Bianca Camille D. Lopez
A graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts, Bianca holds a Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts from the University of the Philippines College of Music under Prof. Cecilia Valeña. She was a member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers from 2007 to 2015, doing numerous concerts in different parts of the world.
As a solo artist, she played the title role in Dvorak's Rusalka (2014), played Paz in Cayabyab's Spoliarium in New York (2015), and recently, was Maria Clara in Felipe De Leon's Noli Me Tangere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In 2016, she had her first major concert under the CCP Special Concert Series also at the CCP. Her most recent work was the world premier of "Hoy Bata" by Prof. Chino Toledo in Tokyo, Japan last June 2016, followed by a series of diplomatic concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2015, she was launched as part of the classical-pop crossover duo, The Nightingales, at The Theater in Solaire. Since then, she has sung for various local events and has concertized Canada, the United States of America, Ethiopia, China and Europe.
Ma. Rhina Paula Palma-Cruz
Coming from a family of musicians, singing has been Rhina’s interest and passion since she started at the age of 2 1/2 years old, winning several competitions in her childhood and adolescent years. She went on and finished a Bachelor of Music degree, major in Music Education in 2003 from the Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines.
She joined the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers in 2004, and toured extensively with the group. She left in 2008 to have her own family but has continued singing for private events, and working as a voice instructor and a choir conductor.
She joined The Nightingales in 2016, and has performed in various events in the Philippines and has toured Canada, the United States of America, Ethiopia, China and Europe.
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