Abdul's first voice teacher was Mr. George Hernandez, who recognized his potential as a soloist while he was singing with Philippine Saringhimig. After winning first prize in the NAMCYA in 1982, he enrolled at the UST Conservatory of Music as a personal scholar of his teacher Prof. Irma P.E. Potenciano. Later on Abdul was granted scholarships by the UST Music Alumni Association and the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines. During his studies at the UST, he was a member of the Kayumangging Kaligatan under the late National Artist Prof. Ernani Cuenco, from whom Abdul developed his love and high regard for Filipino music.
In 1991-1995, Abdul attended the opera school of the Vienna Conservatory of Music under KS Waldemar Kmentt with a grant from the CCP Young Artists Fund. He has taken lessons with Lilia Reyes in Rome, Gyorgy Korondio in Budapest, KS Walter Berry, Otoniel Gonzaga and maestro Vahan Mirakian in Vienna. After obtaining his diploma, he did a three-year stint in the Austrian musical "Elisabeth" staged at Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
To his credit, Abdul has premiered two modern operas in Vienna namely, "Jush-Tush" by T. Deszy and "Arrest" by D.D´Ase wherein he sang the lead roles. He has sung in Summer Music Festivals in Udine and Pordenone, Italy; Luebeck, Germany; Greifenstein, Germany; Zadar, Croatia; and Jennersdorf, Austria. He has given concerts in Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, the U.S.A. and the Philippines.
Abdul's operatic repertoire include Mengone, Baron Kronthal, Conte Belfiore, Ferrando, Chateauneuf, Faust, Pinkerton, Max, Cavaradossi, and the Prince in "Rusalka". His roles in operetta include Graf von Luxemburg, Dr. Siedler, Stanislaus, Der Zarewitsch, Prince Sou Chong, the Governor in "Candide" and both Alfred and Eisenstein in "Die Fledermaus".
In the summer of 2008, Abdul sang the role of Cavaradossi in "Tosca" at the Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Last year, he took part in the world premiere of Christoph Schlingensief's "Mea Culpa" at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Most recently, he sang Almaviva at the Oper im Berg Summer Festival in Salzburg.
Abdul is a resident of Vienna for the last twenty years.
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