Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong talks about his passion for Opera on the Philippine Television Channel ANC

Interview on ANC, THE TV Channel of The Philippines, talking about my passion for opera, Wednesday 4th October 2017

 

Many heartfelt thanks to my fraternal friend, Massimiliano Turci who took the time to edit this excerpt of the interview on his Youtube account.

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Rodin and the Cambodian Princess

In 1906, His Majesty King Sisowath brought the Royal Ballet of Cambodia to France. The dancers were under the direction of the King’s favourite daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady (1865 – 193…). She really impressed everyone, especially the journalists. Rodin, himself, draws a portrait of the almighty princess.

 

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady as photographed in Paris, Le Petit Journal, issue n°818, 22nd July 1906

 

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Portrait of HRH Princess Sisowath Somphady, 1906, Auguste Rodin (aquarelle)

Samdech Preah Voreachny Sa-Vann and her sister, Khun Sa-Im

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Samdech Preah Voreachny Vann (left) was married to King Sisowath (1840-1927) of Cambodia and was the beloved Mother of King Sisowath Monivong (1875-1941)

Her sister, Khun Sa-Im was also married to King Sisowath and has two children: HRH Princess Sisowath Samphady (1865-193…) and HRH Prince Sisowath Duong Mathura (1873-1908)

They were very loved by King Sisowath and were both members of the Royal Ballet.

Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines Gala Concert on 25th April 2017 in New World Makati Hotel, Manila

On Tuesday 25th April 2017, I had the honour to attend the Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines 2017 Gala Concert, together with Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini. On this occasion, we were very pleased to hear marvellous Soprano Rachelle Gerodias, whose husband, Baritone Park Byeong In, was seated at our table, under the direction of our friend Maestro Ruggero Barbieri.

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Left to right: Madame Olga Severino Martel, President of the Johann Strauss Society of the Philippines, Mrs. Diana Jeanne Lopez, Mrs. Agnes Huibonhoa, Consul of Gambia, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong and Madame Zenaida Tantoco and her husband, Mr. Patrick Jacinto

 

The programme was full of joy and reminded me very much of the Vienna New Year Concert. Many members of the Manila High Society were present, among whom our beloved Opera Maecenas, Madame Zenaida (Nedy) Tantoco and her husband, Mr. Patrick Jacinto, Mrs. Olga Severino Martel, Consul General of Monaco Mrs. Fortune Ledesma, Mrs. Diana Jeanne (DJ) Lopez, Mrs. Agnes Huibonhoa, Consul of Gambia, Professor Raul Sunico and 21 ambassadors and their wives, among whom His Excellency Massimo Roscigno, Ambassador of Italy and his beautiful wife, Agnes Ventura and His Excellency Rida El Fassi, Ambassador of Morocco, etc…

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Together with Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Madame Zenaida (Nedy) Tantoco and His Excellency Massimo Roscigno, Ambassador of Italy to the Philippines in occasion of the Gala Dinner and Concert of the Johann Strauss Society on 25th April 2017
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Between Ms. Lulu Casas, our “Guardian Angel” during our stay in Manila and talented Baritone Park Byeong In, listening to his wife’s marvellous voice
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Together with Soprano Rachelle Gerodias after her triumph at Johann Strauss Society’s Concert in Manila on 25th April 2017, with Madame Zenaida Tantoco and her husband, Patrick Jacinto, M° Ruggiero Barbieri, Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and His Excellency Rida El Fassi,  Ambassador of Morocco and Mrs. Monia Zaoui

http://www.philstar.com/cassandra/2017/05/07/1697289/johann-strauss-society-gala-concert-2017-new-world-makati

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Portrait: Le Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

Article de Monsieur Christophe Vachaudez paru dans le numéro de Mai 2017 du magazine belge “L’Eventail”

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