Bringing home the pride is none other than our very own, Sal Malaki in homecoming concerts sure to bring you unforgettable memories this Christmas! One of the most seasoned artists of the Los Angeles Opera Company, the United States 4th largest opera house under the general direction of world-renowned tenor and conductor Maestro Placido Domingo, Sal Malaki will come to Manila in his major homecoming series of concerts entitled, "Christmas Showers of Grace".
Gracing the show is another Filipino pride, Tricia Amper-Jimenez as guest soprano with 6-piece string ensemble accompaniment. Produced by Spring Rain Global Consultancy, Inc., and handled by Hype Worx Events Management, the concert series is for the benefit of Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Who is Sal Malaki? He has the singular distinction of being the only Filipino-American member of the Los Angeles Opera and LA Master Chorale. In his about a couple of decades stint abroad, Malaki has performed in virtually every opera masterpiece created and in almost one hundred opera productions. He is a tenured member of the said highly professional chorale group under the baton of Maestro Grant Gershon.
Among the most notable distinction include a Grammy Award of LA Opera production of Kurt Weill's "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany", a live DVD recording carried by EuroArts. He was this year's tenor solo of Verdi's "Requiem" at the Claremont Colleges in Pomona, California. He has also portrayed Guiseppe in the company's production of Verdi's "La Traviata", the role of Uncle Yakuside in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", in numerous roles including the world premieres of "Il Postimo" starring Placido Domingo and "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "Der Rosenkavalier", "La Rondine", "La Bohome", etc.
On his 17th season with the group, he has performed several solo performances with the whole chorale as tenor solo of Handel's "The Messiah" and Jeremy Soule's world premiere of "L'Extase" in Gershon's first season with the chorale. As one of the 40-member of the LA Master Chorale, Malaki has also joined the cinema providing vocal themes with some melodic lines for thrillers, horror movies and fantasies like "Waterworld", "Van Helsing", "King Kong", "Lord of the Rings", "Beauty and the Beast", "Lady in the Water", etc. To him, doing the music effects helped enhance the appeal as well as the success of the movies.
Malaki has also crossed the nation's very prestigious venues like the Carnegie Hall Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Trully Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Center and UCLA's Royce Hall, Macomb Center for the Arts in Detroit, St. John's University in Minnesota, the Morristown Museum in New Jersey, etc.
A solid homegrown phenomenon, Malaki is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, College of Music in Diliman Q.C. with degrees in Flute and Voice. He joined the LA Opera Company in 1995 and he was a faculty of the UP College of Music and St. Scholastica's College, Manila. He was a member of the UP Madrigal Singers and has performed among others solo concerts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in the role of Lt. Pinkerton of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly", as Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Boheme", Juan Luna in "Spolarium", including Ibarra in Felipe De Leon's "Noli me Tangere" and in such musical as "South Pacific", etc.