Gazzetta Ufficiale del Regno d’Italia – 9 ottobre 1906 : Sua Altezza Reale il Principe Ferdinando di Savoia incontra Sua Maestà il Re Sisowath di Cambogia al Palazzo Reale di Phnom Penh

“Il Corriere di Saigon giunso ieri a Marsiglia, reca le seguenti notizie sull’arrivo della R. nave Calabria a Tou-Moc-Lo il 6 settembre scorso e sulle accoglienze fatte a S.A.R. il principe Ferdinando di Savoia, duca di Udine, imbarcato su detta nave:

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“Le autorità locali ricevettero allo sbarcatoio il Principe e lo accompagnarono dal Re del Cambodge. Alla sera, alla sede del Residente Superiore, fu dato un “punch” in onore del Principe, al quale assistevano gli ufficiali italiani e le autorità.

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Vi furono quindi le danze al palazzo reale.

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Il Re Sisowath ha nominato il Principe di Udine grande ufficiale del Cambodge e il comandante della Calabria, il Marchese Enrico Marenco di Moriondo, comendatore.”

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Il giorno dopo, il Principe visitò la città, i monumenti ed il Palazzo”

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“Novità senza emozioni”, articolo del Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini in “L’Opera- International Magazine”, Luglio-Agosto 2018 su “La Bohème” di Giacomo Puccini al Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

“Novità senza emozioni”, articolo del Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini in “L’Opera- International Magazine”, Luglio-Agosto 2018 su “La Bohème” di Giacomo Puccini al Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

“Al Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, in un allestimento in coproduzione con il Regio di Torino, la scelta degli spazi è quanto mai interessante e sia pure nella ristrettezza di due camere con cucina a vista, perduti tra le lamiere di una periferia impersonale e senza luogo, non raggiungono nell’espressione alcuno degli obiettivi specifici del titolo proposto così che, ad esempio nel primo quadro tra Rodolfo e Mimì “le dolcezze estreme, nel bacio freme amor!” sono solo parole, senza emozione e la musica non rapisce e resta lettera morta in partitura. L’impianto scenico, un contenitore. Una produzione di livello, proposta a Roma così come a Torino, non può trascurare l’equilibrio dell’insieme così che le tante idee di un regista di sicuro successo si spengono nella direzione dell’ungherese Henrik Nánási e in una compagnia di canto non oltre il meritevole.

Non, quindi, una sterile sfida di concetti, bensì di qualità condivisa e complessiva armonizzazione.”

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“Rodin et la Danse”, articolo di Sua Altezza il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong in “L’Opera- International Magazine”, Luglio-Agosto 2018

“Rodin et la Danse”, articolo di Sua Altezza il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong in “L’Opera- International Magazine”, Luglio-Agosto 2018 su Auguste Rodin, la sua passione tardiva per la danza e “Neang Vaddhana Devi”, ultima creazione di Sua Altezza Reale la Principessa Norodom Buppha Devi, Direttrice del Balletto Reale di Cambogia.

Da notare, le bellissime foto del fotografo svizzero Helmut Stampfli

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23rd-25th June 2018: 1st Opera singing international competition in Penne, Italy

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The Auditorium San Giovanni in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy

My mentor, in Opera matter, Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and my beloved fraternal friend, Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini were invited by Maestro Michela De Amicis to participate in the jury of the 1st Opera singing international competition of Penne, which took place from 23rd to 25th June 2018 in this lovely little town of Abruzzo, near Pescara on the Adriatic Coast.

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Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Maestro Michela de Amicis, Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini and Maestro Piergiorgio Del Nunzio

The participants came from allover the world, from Mexico to Japan, China and Italy. In the meantime, other classical music competitions involved young talents from Russia and other countries, among which…. Cambodia !

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Posing with the six finalists of the competition

We were received by dynamic and cheerful Professor Lidia Dutillo, President of Le Muse Music School, who accompanied us to a lovely little cottage, Villa Emma, where the owners, Stefania and Giancarlo Delle Monache took care of us the way only Italians can do: with charm, discretion and warmth, and above all, an unforgettable breakfast, made of the utmost fresh products of the surrounding countryside.

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At Villa Emma, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong with Stefania and Giancarlo Delle Monache, the owners, Maestro Michela de Amicis and Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

On the first evening, Maestro Michela De Amicis, together with her two friends, Maestro Rosella Masciarelli and Maestro Angela Petaccia, brought us a marvellous gift: A concert with their six hands, entitled “Trio pianiste all’Opera”, three fantasies inspired by “Rigoletto”, “Traviata” and many Puccini’s Opera Arias. I was in heaven…. We ended up to have dinner together and as I was telling my admiration, Maestro Rosella Masciarelli held me their CD: such a special moment !

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From left to right: Professor Lidia Dutillo, Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Maestro Rosella Masciarelli, Maestro Angela Petaccia, Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini. Seated: Maestro Michela de Amicis and His Higness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

The jury of the Opera competition was presided by Maestro Leone Magiera, best friend of late world wide famous Luciano Pavarotti, and I had the occasion to meet with him and his very nice wife, Dottoressa Lidia La Marca as well as energetic and smiling Soprano Patrizia Orciani, accompanied by handsome tenor Carlo Baricelli. Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini completed with their respective competences this pannel of the highest level. The singers were accompanied all along the competition by young and talented Maestro Piergiorgio Del Nunzio.

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The Opera jury: Maestro Carlo Baricelli, Maestro Patrizia Orciani, Maestro Leone Magiera, Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini

The three Opera singers who robbed my heart (and were selected as well by the jury) were Mariana Valdés from Mexico, Mae Hayashi from Yokohama and Ruiyang Xu from China. Not only were they exceptional voices, with a variety of colours and sensual shades, but they are three marvellously beautiful ladies. We all fell under their charms !

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His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong with the adorable Mariana Valdés and the gorgeous Mae Hayashi, the two winners of the first Prize
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With beautiful Ruiyang Xu, the winner of the third Prize

At the final evening, I was granted the pleasure to meet with 17 year-old Cambodian violonist, Sokhema Di Croce, originally from Battambang and who was adopted by her Roman parents when she was only 11 months. I was raptured by the power of her interpretation and I hope to re-meet her very soon in Rome. Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini already promised her to organise a concert at Ariadimusica, in which she will be able to show her great talents.

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From left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Di Croce, Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini, Sokhema Di Croce, His Higness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

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After the gala concert, we got together with the “Happy Few” and had a funny and relaxing dinner in a place called “il Chicco Verde” and finished with a delicious ice-cream at “La Regina”, property of Signora Irma where my friends, Maestro Sacha De Ritis and his student, Mattia Carugno explained to me some tricks to play their favourite instrument: the traverse flute.

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Mattia Carugno, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Maestro Sacha De Ritis

16th June 2018: Second edition of “Vissi d’arte sulle ali del grifo”, a fund-raising Gala Evening at Castello Grifeo in Partanna, Sicily.

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Castello Grifeo in Partanna (Sicily)

On Saturday 16th June 2018, as promised two years ago, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna decided to gather some friends once again in the Castle of his ancestors in Partanna, Sicily. Thanks to Dottore Domenico de Gennaro and the “Il MedioEvo” Association, the funds reunited in occasion of this Gala Dinner will be used to restore two wonderful masterpieces of Sicilian XVIIIth Century.

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An overview of the Gala Dinner on 16th June 2018 at Castello Grifeo in Partanna (Sicily)

 

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Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, in a fraternal embrace with Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna

Before dinner, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna invited Maestro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti, togetehr with his talented young student, Maesto Luca Lione to play romantic pieces of Chopin, Lizst and Brahms and my emotion was at its utmost level, when  I heard the notes of Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye”, a surprise for Prince Grifeo (who particularly appreciates this piece of music) but also for me, as Ravel composed it right after attending the performance of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Pré Catelan in Summer 1906, following King Sisowath in state visit.

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Maestro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti and Maestro Luca Lione interpreting with grace and sentiment Maurice Ravel’s suite “Ma Mère l’Oye”.

The funds gathered two years ago served to restore a magnificent statue of San Giovanni Battista, a glory of Sicilian medieval wood sculpture tradition.

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Mayor Nicolà Catania and Doctor Domenico (Mimmo) de Gennaro revealing the beautiful newly restored statue of San Giovanni Battista

Many friends of Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna have participated with enthusiasm to this prestigious Gala evening and the celebration went on, until late into the summer night, among laughs and joyful jokes of a merry company, who promised to do it again very soon !

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The arrival of Doctor Domenico (Mimmo) de Gennaro and his charming wife, Doctor Rosalia Crescenti, our charming hosts on this auspicious day.
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Our dear friends, Mr. Rafaele Beninati and his gorgeous wife, Mrs. Giovanna Maria Ciolino, who prepared for the happy few of us the most incredibly delicious “pasta” with the world famous red shrimps of Mazara, the day before !
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Glamourous Agata Palazzo, in a splendid evening ensemble of bronze silk, together with Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna

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Happy gathering at the end of the evening, around young promising Tenor Roberto de Gennaro Crescenti, Meastro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna, Photographer Angelo Campus, Doctor Antonio Roberto Tartamella and talented young Maestro Luca Lione.

Needless to say that this enchanting evening is still alive in our hearts and we are looking forward to going back to this lovely area of the Beautiful Sicily.

All my gratitude and sincere thanks to our marvellous photographer, Mr. Angelo Campus.

 

 

 

 

“La forza della realtà”, articolo del Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini in “L’Opera International Magazine”, Giugno 2018 su Billy Budd di Britten per la prima volto all’Opera di Roma.

“La forza della realtà”, articolo del Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini in “L’Opera International Magazine”, Giugno 2018 su Billy Budd di Britten.

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“Il poeta britannico Wystan Hugh Auden rimproverò Britten perché a suo avviso nel Billy Budd la tematica omosessuale, perno del complesso intreccio di sentimenti irrisolti e sospesi, non era espresso con maggiore determinatezza. Eppure, come ci dimostra l’attuale produzione in scena al Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, tutto vi è detto; implicito in una densa drammaturgia tratta dal postumo romanzo breve di Herman Melville rielaborato nel concetto da Edward Morgan Forster (l’autore di Maurice e di Passaggio in India) e nella teatralità da Eric Crozier, di attenta lettura nell’arcobaleno sonoro di Britten di dissolvenze incrociate, dialogo, scontro, negazione di una partitura densa, ora apparentemente soave o tormentata dove il sottinteso non è altro che un messaggio che aspetta di essere compreso. Al Teatro dell’Opera il Billy Budd, per la prima volta a Roma, è proposto nella versione definitiva in due atti, prologo ed epilogo del 1960, senza pregiudizi e al contrario aliena da troppo attuali compiacimenti.”

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L’Opera International Magazine, June 2018 : “Métamorphoses” or Neang Waddhana Devi, an article by Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

“Métamorphoses” or Neang Waddhana Devi, an article by Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, published in “L’Opera International Magazine”, June 2018, in Italian language on the last tournée of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in Switzerland and France in May 2018.

To be noted the marvellous photos taken by Swiss photographer, Helmut Stampfli.

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http://www.centralpalc.com/2018/06/lopera-giugno-2018/