July 1964: HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi’s arrival in Paris with the Royal Ballet of Cambodia related in Italian Magazine, Oggi

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THE GODDESS OF FLOWERS:

Paris. Princess Buppha Devi (her name means Goddess of Flowers), daughter of the “Premier” of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk and First Dancer of the Royal Ballet of Phnom Penh stepped down from the plane ( in the centre) , followed by her fellow dancers. Princess Buppha Devi came to Paris to perform at the Opera for De Gaulle and her father, Prince Sihanouk in official visit in France. The “Goddess of Flowers” is twenty one years old and only 1,40 meter high. One year ago, she married in second wedding, Bruno Forsinetti, 21, son of the Ambassador of Italy in Cambodia.

in Oggi, 2nd July 1964

Ode à Budapest

Ode à Budapest

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Pays de verre brisé sans mirage annoncé,

Tu avances lentement dans la douceur du soir.

Sur le fleuve qui reflète l’acier des amours décharnées

Est passée tout à l’heure une harmonie d’espoirs.

Hélas, pour qui sonne le temps des amandiers fleuris

Annonce également l’arrivée des Anges Maudits.

Pâlissent les étoiles et les douairières en dentelles,

Le Danube sort ses griffes en péniches éternelles.

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Trésor, ton coeur blessé saigne encore et par lui,

Mes souvenirs d’enfant reviennent en chantant.

Les fous rires, les farandoles envolées dans les prairies aussi.

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La perte de mon innocence, à jamais te la dois, France,

Mais voilà que soudain la Belle Impératrice,

De notre âme est venue adoucir le supplice

D’une domination étrangère, la douleur et la souffrance

Effacer d’un sourire et déjà notre Reine a grandi

En chacun de nous comme une fleur qui s’épanouit.

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Au jardin des hivers aux soleils mélancoliques,

J’entrevois désormais la ronde enchantée d’autrefois.

Mon Amour, tu es là où que je suis et c’est pour toi,

Ville de mon éveil, que j’écris ces suppliques.

Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

Budapest, 23 octobre 1997

Budapest 25th March 2017: “A night at the Opera”

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Pest seen from Buda at night time : magic !

On 25th March 2017 took place in Budapest a Gala Concert, organised by Italian Music Academy “Ariadimusica” and HC Welth ltd. On the initiative of Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini and of Dottor Alessandro Stacchini, four great Opera singers from Italy went to Hungary to perform in the prestigious Boscolo Hotel in the Heart of Pest under the direction of Maestro Sergio La Stella of the National Opera of Rome. These four singers were Giacinta Nicotra, well-known and gifted Soprano; Irene Molinari, emerging Diva with a fire temper Mezzo-Soprano; Dario Di Vietri, young, talented and handsome Tenor and last but not least, famous Italian Baritone Carlo Guelfi.

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The idea to gather them was the one of Maestro Sergio La Stella, a famous conductor and recitalist, from the National Opera of Rome who toured the whole world in the most famous theatres together with Maestro Gianni Ferrini. Together, they set up a programme, uniting romances, arias and duets of important Opera authors, such as Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, etc… Dottor Alessandro Stacchini who is the General Manager of HC Welth in Italy, the Rome-based limited producing renowned nutritional supplements, provided the adequate means to achieve the project in the best conditions.

Dario Di Vietri “Nessun Dorma” (al pianoforte, M° Sergio La Stella)

 

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From left to right: Alessandro Stacchini, Dario Di Vietri, Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Giacinta Nicotra, Gianni Maria Ferrini, Irene Molinari, Sergio La Stella, Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Carlo Guelfi.

The marvellous historic location of the Boscolo was unanimously chosen because of its links to the History of Hungarian Culture and the famous New York Café, symbol of the Magyar Modernity at the very beginning of the 20th Century.

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New York Café

More than 500 persons came to this fabulous gala concert, even though Othello was a serious challenger in the Budapest National Opera, not far from the Boscolo at all. Her Excellency Madame Marie-France André, Ambassador of Belgium to Hungary arrived with her Son, Xavier Fonder together with two distinguished noblemen of the Magyar High Society. Many personalities and music lovers brought family and friends to attend this unique performance.

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Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Her Excellency Ambassador Marie-France André, Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Lukàcs György

Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini came on purpose from Rome to co-ordinate the whole show, with a taste of “semi-scenico” moves and a play between light and shadow, which was absolutely perfect to underline the intensity of the interpretations of all five artists, who gave the best of their art, honouring the Hungarian public with the utmost voices of the Italian Musical panorama nowadays.

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Standing: Nora Gallus, Krisztina Kéri, Giacinta Nicotra, Piero Ferrachiati, Alessandro Stacchini, Gianni Maria Ferrini, Irene Molinari, Dario Di Vietri, Marie-France André, Xavier Fonder, Carlo Guelfi, Priscilla Baglioni, Lukàcs György, Istvàn Kàràsz                              Kneeling: Paolo Ferrazza, Stefano Cacace, Sergio La Stella, Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini                                                                                        Photo Credits: Giordano Campanelli for Ariadimusice

Ariadimusica & HC Welth invited the whole cast and some priviliged hosts to dine in the enchanting restaurant of the Boscolo Hotel. The conversations were brilliant and relaxed. The Hungarian tradition of the Barack Palinka, traditional apricot digestive, gave an end to the gastronomic part.

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The “Brindisi”

Another surprise awaited us: cars were at our disposal to tour Budapest by night and we discovered, blissfully amazed, the architectural marvels of the Pearl of the Danube until very late. This is why Budapest remains so special, especially to my heart…

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Irene Molinari & Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong                                       Photo credits: Giordano Campanelli for Ariadimusica

 

http://www.nlcafe.hu/ezvan/20170328/ariadimusica-opera-koncert-budapest/

Monaco, 9th March 2017: Vernissage of the Photo Exhibition of French Photographer Alain Hanel : The Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Printemps des Arts 2013

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Copyright Alain Hanel 2017: Reproduction prohibited except authorisation of the author

In March 2013, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia was invited by the Printemps des Arts to perform in Monaco. Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi led the delegation, seconded by His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso. Their Serene Hignesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the Première and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanovre attended the Gala Evening.

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31st Mars 2013: Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, welcoming Her Royal Highness Princess Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi, in company of His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso and of His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On this occasion, my dear friend, French photographer Alain Hanel, as the official photographer of the Printemps des Arts shooted marvellous pictures of the dancers on stage and he decided to set up an exhibition of his works in Monaco.

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In company of HRH Princess Antonella d’Orléans-Bourbon and of my friend, French photograher Alain Hanel. Photo: Eric Dervaux

His son Julien Pierre Hanel gave the magic touch to the photos by re-working graphically with the utmost modern techniques to render the glimpses of fantasy and glitters, characteristical of the Cambodia Royal Ballet.

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From left to right: Mr. Hubert Dupont-Sonneville, Mrs. Marie Madeleine Liesse, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, Mr. Alain Hanel, Mrs. Angela de Bona, Mr. Julien Pierre Hanel  Photo: Eric Dervaux

This initiative was definitely supported by the famous brand of French supermarkets, Carrefour and their Foundation for Arts. Mrs. Marie Madeleine Liesse and her Responsible for Marketing, Mr. Hubert Dupont-Sonneville were enthusiastic promoters and this is how we ended on 9th March 2017 enjoying this exclusive venue in one of the main Shopping Mall of Monaco.

The Apsaras will continue their enchanting dances on the walls of Fontvieille until 7th April 2017.

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Copyright Alain Hanel 2017: Reproduction prohibited except Authorisation of the Author

 

https://www.pressreader.com/monaco/monaco-matin/20170325/281608125262148

 

29 December 2016, Gala Evening at the Rendano Opera Theatre in Cosenza: Love and Happiness through Music and Arias from Naples to Paris crossing Vienna…

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As reported in “L’Opera – International Magazine” of February 2017, the Opera Theatre of Cosenza, known as the “Rendano Theatre” hosted on 29th December 2016 a unique special Gala Evening, following the napolitan concept of “pastiche”, uniting in one show, music, opera and dance for the pleasure of the public.

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This initiative was due to our Beloved friend, Mrs. Luigia Pastore Fiorentino, who founded the Polimnia Association to promote opera and music, especially for young people (but not only!). She asked Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and myself to imagine a kind of dream to be put on stage in a form of an oniric trip from Naples to Paris, crossing Vienna in order to lead the public to welcome the new year to come.

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Sweet Silia Valente with the Choir “Sol Vox Cantori” in Traviata “Brindisi”

We decided to put together French Literature with Napolitan poems, “La Veuve Joyeuse” with “La Traviata” and many other jolly and colourful pieces of music and dance, so to have a delightful mixture of glamour and naughty songs to accompany our trip towards the end of 2016.

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Stefano Tanzillo and Sarah Baratta: Love Duetto of Traviata

A marvellous cast of fabulous artists of either music and theatre world gave this creation a special sense of artistic expression, which was definitely appreciated. In my name and the one of Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, we want to extend our warmest thanks to Maria Carmela Conti, Sarah Baratta, Silia Valente, Glenda Sevald Pirandello, the brothers Stefano and Andrea Tanzillo, Federico Veltri, Luca Bruno, Andrea Bauleo, Pasquale Allegretti Gravina, Rino Amato, Antonio Fratto and his “Sol Vox Cantori” choir, the clarinettists of the Conservatorio “S.Giacomantonio” directed by Giorgio Feroleto, the choreographer Antonella Ciappetta and her dancers, and of course, last but not least, the whole staff of the production, Francesco Liuzi, Giovanni Pirandello, Otello Camponeschi and Fabrizio Onali.

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Our Three Tenors: Stefano Tanzillo, Federico Veltri and Andrea Tanzillo in “Torna a Surriento”
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Young and talented violonist Pasquale Allegretti Gravina

A special mention to our favourite: Adriano Pirandello, 11 years old, who made a fantastic first stage appearance, speaking out and loud a sweet poem of his illustrous ancestor, Luigi Pirandello… about love and time…!

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Adriano Pirandello, “La coscienza amorosa” di Rino Amato: un momento di antologia !
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La seduzione del pipistrello di Antonella Ciappetta e Federico Veltri
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Eleganza e classe di Maria Carmela Conti con Andrea Tanzillo

Many thanks to Mr. Luigi Allegretti Gravina for the nice photos on stage !

“In Cineris Aurum”: Mostra di Fabrizio Onali al River Palace Hotel, Roma

On Friday 17th February 2017 took place the vernissage of a very special exhibition of our friend Fabrizio Onali, with Giuseppe Ussani d’Escobar as Art Curator.

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An antique Kimono transformed into a splendid painting by Fabrizio Onali

Fabrizio’s inspiration is mainly the tranformation of precious antique materials into splendid ornamental art pieces. Fabrizio collaborated many times with his partner, Otello Camponeschi to opera creations, especially the ones of Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini.

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Together with Fabrizio Onali and Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini at the vernissage of the Exhibition “In Ceneris Aurum”

More recently, I had the joy to wear Fabrizio’s creation during a special Show at the Rendano Opera Theatre in Cosenza. He set together a piece of golden silk of Cambodia with a magnificent Renaissance jacket, to make me look like a character of Shakespeare in some strange twilight dreams….

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With my partner on stage, Glenda Sevald-Pirandello, at Rendano Opera Theatre in Cosenza. My jacket is a creation of Fabrizio Onali and Otello Camponeschi.

His exhibition in Rome will last until 17th April. Please go to have a look, it is worth seeing!

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http://fabrizioonali.altervista.org/wordpress/chi-sono/

 

Bucharest: a dinner to commemorate 20 years of faithful friendship

On Monday 27th February 2017, His Most Reverend Excellency, Monsignor Miguel Maury Buendia, Archbishop of Italica and Apostolic Nunzio to Romania has granted me the honour of a Gala Dinner in Bucharest, remembering that we were celebrating twenty years of personal, faithful and sincere friendship.

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The day after, I had the joy to meet up with my Dear Friend, His Excellency Ambassador Bogdan Tataru-Cazaban with whom I meditated on the maening of Lent in the Christian tradition.

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