“La potenza dell’arte italiana” Lucia di Lammermoor in scena al Main Theatre di Manila, un’articolo di Francesco Germinario in “L’Opera International Magazine”, Marzo 2020

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La cultura musicale italiana nel mondo, così a Manila per iniziativa della Philippine-Italian Association con presidente la signora Zenaida Tantoco e la partecipazione dell’Ambasciata Italiana, per una produzione di Lucia di Lammermoor nell’ampia sala del Main Theatre del CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) con presidente Arsenio J.
Lizaso, rispettivamente co-produttore e produttore della nuova proposta.
Creative Projet Coordinator: Giampaolo Lomi.
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L’apprezzato progetto aveva preso avvio due anni or sono con L’elisir d’amore di
Gaetano Donizetti ed è stato rafforzato quest’anno dall’impegno creativo di Lucia dello stesso compositore, nell’incontro tra realtà di diversi Paesi: dalle Filippine, con la partecipazione del tenore Arthur Espiritu, il mezzosoprano Camille Lopez-Molina, i tenori Ivan Nery e Nomher Nival; dall’Italia, sul podio il maestro Alessandro Palumbo e il regista Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini; il soprano francese di origine armena Melody Louledjian; il baritono coreano Byeong In Park naturalizzato filippino e il basso cinese Shi Zong.
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L’orchestra è la prestigiosa Philippine Philarmonic Orchestra ed il coro Viva Voce and Friends.
L’iniziativa, articolata su diversi settori musicali e produttivi, ha voluto il coinvolgimento di forze locali, così che le scene e i costumi, firmati dallo stesso Grisostomi Travaglini, sono stati realizzati nei laboratori e sartoria di Manila con l’apporto di Eric Gabat cruz  per le scene, di Bonsai Cielo per i costumi e di Winter David per gli accessori. Disegnatore luci Giovanni Pirandello, in stretta collaborazione con la nutrita squadra del CCP, di cui ricorre il cinquantesimo dalla fondazione.
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Giovani gli assistenti, per una formazione professionale, in previsione di una stagione lirica di più ampio respiro e già si lavora nell’individuare il proseguo dell’iniziativa con un titolo del repertorio italiano, da presentare quale novità assoluta a Manila.
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Ad arricchire tanto entusiasmo e unità d’intenti la collaborazione del Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, che nella sua qualità di Ambasciatore della Real Casa di Cambogia s’impegna per avviare scambi culturali tra l’Europa e il Sud-Est Asiatico.
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Sin dall’avvio delle prove l’attenzione per l’iniziativa è stata rilevante e dalla conferenza stampa i mezzi di comunicazione hanno riservato all’evento la massima attenzione. Una conferma di quanto l’arte musicale italiana sia apprezzata in tutte le nazioni e sempre con interesse crescente.
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Lo spettacolo, allestito sull’ampio palcoscenico del Main Theatre, com’è stato scritto: “ha fatto sognare”, per la cura del risultato musicale, con particolare riferimento all’impegno di Alessandro Palumbo per trasmettere a solisti, orchestra e coro quel messaggio di
universalità che è racchiuso nel capolavoro neo-romantico donizettiano.
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Una messa in scena attenta e ricca di suggestioni, concentrata e rendere fluido quanto immediato lo svolgersi delle diverse scene dell’opera, senza mai trascurarne l’effetto visivo e l’intrinseco significato del dramma.
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Di particolare intensità e distinzione il raffinato disegno luci di Giovanni Pirandello.
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Il successo è stato appassionante, per il tenore filippino Arthur Espiritu che tornava a cantare a Manila dopo anni di assenza, dalla voce calda ed espressiva, ha riservato particolari emozioni quale Edgardo ricevendo una vera e propria ovazione al termine dell’Aria e Finale: Fra poco a me ricovero …
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Non minori emozioni dal soprano Melody Louledjian, al suo debutto nel ruolo, emotiva e musicalmente avvincente. Una compagnia nel suo insieme così svariata, eppure omogenea nel risultato, frutto di un’attenta preparazione e approfondimento di ogni singolo personaggio.
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Una menzione al giovane coro Viva Voce and Friends con maestro Camille Lopez-Molina
(interprete nel ruolo di Alisa), formato da giovani musicisti che con il loro entusiasmo fanno presagire un brillante futuro per lo sviluppo di organismi stabili a Manila.
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Successo per la serata di gala ed euforia per la successiva recita, con spettatori in gran parte giovani, che quanto mai numerosi al termine dello spettacolo si sono soffermati per lungo tempo negli ampi spazi antistanti alla sala teatrale, in una particolare tradizione che vuole tutti i partecipanti alla produzione unirsi al pubblico in una grande festa e abbraccio senza confini.
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Un ringraziamento particolare a Pablo Molina per i due belli ritratti di Arthur Espiritu e di Melody Louledjian

“The power of Italian art” Lucia di Lammermoor at Manila Main Theatre, an article of Francesco Germinario in “L’Opera International Magazine”, March 2020

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“The power of Italian art”
Lucia di Lammermoor at Manila Main Theatre,
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an article of Francesco Germinario in “L’Opera International Magazine”, March 2020
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“The Italian musical culture is present world wide, for instance in Manila  thanks to the initiative of the Philippine-Italian Association with Mrs. Zenaida Tantoco as President and the participation of the Italian Embassy in the production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” in the wide hall of the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Main Theatre, whose president is Arsenio J. Lizaso, respectively co-producer and producer of this new proposal. Creative Project Co-ordinator: Giampaolo Lomi.
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The appreciated project was launched two years ago with “L’elisir d’amore” of Gaetano
Donizetti and was reinforced this year with the creative involvement of Lucia of the same composer, which gave the opportunity to gather many countries: from the Philippines, with the participation of tenor Arthur espiritu, mezzo-soprano Camille Lopez-Molina, tenors Ivan Nery and Nomher Nival; from Italy, conductor Alessandro Palumbo and Director Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini; the soprano Francese, of Armenian origins Melody Louledjian; Corean baritone Byeong-In Park, naturalized Filipino and the Chinese bass Shi Zong.
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The orchestra is the prestigious Philippine Philarmonic Orchestra and the Choir Viva Voce and Friends.
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The initiative, structured on several production and musical levels, has involved local high skills, as the sets and costumes, which were deisgned by Grisostomi Travaglini himself, were realised in the workshops and ateliers of Manila, with the contribution of Eric Gabat Cruz for the sets, of Bonsai cielo for the costumes and Winter David for the props. The lighting designer was Giovanni Pirandello, in tight collaboration with the numerous CCP equipe; CCP, of which was celebrated the 50th Anniversary.
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All assistants were very young, as they were searching for a “live” professional experience, looking forward to a lyric programme of wider dimensions and the CCP directors were already thinking of the next opera to be staged, within the Italian repertoire, which will be an absolute new show in Manila next time.
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To enrich such enthusiasm and union of intentions, the collaboration of Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, who, as Ambassador of the Royal Household of Cambodia, brought all his energy to enhance the level of cultural exchange between Europe and South-East Asia.
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From the very beginning of the rehearsals, the attention for the initiative was at its utmost level, and since the press conference, the medias have given the largest place to the event. A confirmation of how appreciated is Italian musical art world wide and always with increasing interest.
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The performance, which took place within the CCP Main Theatre, “made people dream” as it was written thanks to the utmost care of the musical result, with particular reference to the work of Alessandro Palumbo, who gave his soul to transmit to the soloists, orchestra and choir the message of universality, which is hidden in the heart of this neo-romantic “donizettiano” masterpiece.
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A careful staging, rich with suggestive details, concentrated to render fluid the succession of the opera scenes, leaving essential the visual effects and the deep meanings of the drama.
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Of particular intensity, the refined lighting design of Giovanni Pirandello. The success was full of passion for the Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu, who came back on a Manila stage after years of absence. His voice, warm and expressive, gave particular emotions which caused Edgardo to receive an actual and proper ovation at the end of the Aria and Finale Fra poco a me ricovero …
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The emotions given by soprano Melody Louledjian, at her debut in the role were not least, so sentimentally arousing and convincing. The cast could seem heterogenous in its whole but the result was harmonious, the fruit of the careful preparation and the deep reflection on each single character.
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One special mention to the young choir Viva Voce and Friends with Maestro Camille Lopez-Molina (who interpreted Alisa in the opera as well), which gathers young musicians and singers who, thanks to their enthusiasm, leads the future of music to be bright in Manila’s heaven.
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Success for the gala evening and euphoria for the following matinée, with a young audience, so numerous to wait for the artists at the end of the performance for the traditional CCP “Meet and Greet” in the foyer of the theatre, which united all the participants of the production with the audience in a big embrace and celebration without borders.”
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Our gratitude to photographers Alex van Hagen and Domingo Gannaban for the beautiful pictures.

Historic photo: 1968: my grandfather, Prince Norodom Monissara, accompanying his cousin, Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak, newly appointed Ambassador of Cambodia to the Philippines, to present a Silver Cup as an official gift to President Ferdinand Marcos at Malacanang Palace in Manila

Historic photo: 1968: my grandfather, Prince Norodom Monissara, accompanying his cousin, Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak, newly appointed Ambassador of Cambodia to the Philippines, to present a Silver Cup as an official gift to President Ferdinand Marcos at Malacanang Palace in Manila

Photo credits: Archives of President Marcos of the Philippines

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26th May 2018: Royal Audience granted by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk to Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On Saturday 26th May 2018, in Phnom Penh,  His Majesty Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath King Norodom Sihamoni  and Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk granted me and Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini the honour of a Royal Audience in Khemarin Palace at 11.00 a.m.

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Their Majesties had honoured us with beautiful Royal gifts, silver hand-made traditional plate and box, the re-published Book of the Music of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk and the DVD on the Preah Sihanouk Museum.

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We had then the honour to raise to Their Majesties’ High attention the reporting about our last activities in the field of opera: “L’elisir d’amore” in Manila last October and “Cavalleria rusticana” in Phnom Penh next September.

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Before leaving, Their Majesties renewed Their best wishes for the success of Our projects and our souls felt deeply blessed by the Royal esteem and affection both Sovereigns granted us with.

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“L’elisir d’amore” of Gaetano Donizetti in Manila: the memories of the setting up of an Opera in the Philippines with Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini

The project for a new production of an opera in the Philippines is in itself an adventure.
A challenge into the unknown in a country, which is far, not only geographically but also
culturally. Among lessons learnt out of numerous travels abroad, there is one prevailing
principle: never give a universal meaning to what was already experienced, but one should remain conscious that some precise emotions should be translated not into words, but above all, into thoughts. This is how all began, with an assessment trip to the populous capital city of the Philippines, in Manila.
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Ravi (who kindly hosts me on his Blog) and I were thus involved in a long, but quite usual, trip towards new constructive adventures. Ravi was born in south-east Asia, in Cambodia and in spite of his rational convictions due to his French roots, he still owns the egnimatic turn of mind, typical of Orient. He, a member of the Khmer Royal Family, was the one who pushed me in the enthusiasm of this new challenge, for a major involvement in South-East Asia and in memory of his grandfather, Prince Norodom Monissara, who led the cambodian diplomatic representation in Manila from 1963
to 1965. It is with pride that we wore the precious Barong, the traditional formal philippine shirt, a gift of Mrs. Tantoco.
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As far as I was concerned, in order to proceed with method, I had to convince myself once again that Asia is huge continent and that the Philippines were far away from industrious Japan, where I had so many work satisfactions, from borderless China from Beijing to Shanghai or even from creative Cambodia. The Philippines was a specific reality, as each territory owns its proper identity.
Our reference spot in Manila was the CCP, Cultural Center of the Philippines, built in the 1960s under President Ferdinand Marcos, counselled in the cultural field by his wife, Imelda Marcos. I have always been fascinated by the involvement of Orient in musical culture, especially the italian one: One more reason to reflect on how such far countries with so different traditions could receive the message of our classical composers with sensibility. In Manilla, in the last decades, some very famous soloists sang on the CCP stage, from Luciano Pavarotti to Montserrat Caballé. Legendary Palcido Domingo did an unforgettable “Turandot” with Eva Marton, under the direction of Giampaolo Lomi, who was essentially known in the field of cinema and who has been, thanks to his tightly-knit relationship with the Philippines, the main promoter of our participation to this initiative. He was the one to receive the proposal of Mrs. Tantoco, President of the
Philippines-Italia Association, to set up an opera to celebrate the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two nations.
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After the official backgrounds arose the numerous emotions: the tumultuous arrival after a long and tiring trip, the tangling roads in a tropical heat, scarcely mitigated by a supposedly refreshing breeze; and, above all, the curiosity of this immense CCP building, headquarter of a lively activity, with unexpected theatre spaces. An efficient stage staff, with absolute and heartfelt collaboration. One evening, Mrs. Tantoco invited us to a concert of the PPO, Philippine Philarmonic Orchestra, which benefited from the teachings of Maestro Franco Ferrara in the mid 1960s, after his stay in Japan. To put it in a nutshell, a fascinating reality was opening itself to our eyes, inviting us to build up a project, which should have an Italian signature !
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The idea was to involve friends, esteemed professionals, such as Maurizio Varamo of the Opera of Rome for the sets and Otello Camponeschi for the costumes; both fellows, always available, began to work at once to provide me with sketches, renderings and models. The choice of the opera was made by Mrs. Tantoco who preferred “L’elisir d’amore” of Gaetano Donizetti, “melodramma giocoso” which had been never staged in the Philippines. Eugène Scribe chose to virtually set the action in Spain, in Asturias province, but it is well known that the “librettista” Felice Romani and above all, Donizetti himself, wanted the opera to take place in Lombardy.  We were here in the Pacific Ocean and to give a special expression to the action, I chose to set it in the Roman countryside with its pinetrees, in the 19th century, mostly inspired by the designs of Bartolomeo Pinelli.
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The set maker was Mio Infante: From Florence, where he was staying, he came to Rome to be initiated to the treasures of the Eternal City, in occasion of a visit to the workshops of via dei Cerchi, led by Maurizio Varamo with eloquence and many stories, all testifying with wit of the secrets of the Italian School of Opera set designing.
For the costumes, Bonsai Cielo was called and her collaboration gave birth to a beautiful interpretation of the original designs with the bright colours and materials of Philippine traditions.
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Such a new and ambitious project demanded concrete supports and the encounter with Executive Producer Nestor O. Jardin was fundamental. Nes, as we all call him friendly, is such a rich personality, who, from the beginning, welcomed us with professionality and sharpness, even when our requests became so complex and overflowing, understanding the targets and the necessity to have the right means to achieve them. With him, Professor Raul Sunico, a great musician, fanous for his prestigious teachings, full of wiseness.
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To complete the whole creative team, we were missing the key person, the magus who would be able to render the marvels of lights on stage: the challenge was accepted by Giovanni Pirandello, the great-grandson of the Nobel Prize fro Literature: a concentrate of professionality to be proud of !
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Last but not least, the whole cast of singers was to be chosen with the utmost care, in order to give the right connotations to the voices. The Philippines has asked for a significant italian participation but to materialise the actual spirit of collaboration, we needed definitely to give space to the local artistic excellency expressions.
In Manila, together with Ruggero Barbieri, the conductor chosen by Mrs. Tantoco for his solid reputation in the city for several years, we heard many young singers, most of whom were students of soprano Rachelle Gerodias-Park. The ideal that we were longing for and achieved was to have Rachelle herself bringing her special participation as
Giannetta, who perfectly knows how to “cantare all’italiana”, thanks to the teachings of famous diva Mirella Freni. Together with her, for the role of Belcore, Corean Baritone Byeong-In Park, who happened to be Rachelle’s husband, with his solid voice and reliable stage presence. For Adina, the choice was indicated by the Philippine sponsors who noted Elena Monti in Manila in a concert last year which was quite a success thanks to the art of this young and almost charming soprano.
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We were still missing tenor and “buffo”. This was an admirable opportunity to open up towards young talents of lyrical art and our absolute reference in finding them was Mrs. Giovanna Lomazzi, vice-president of As.Li.Co. She was coming back from Sant Cruz de Tenerife, after listening to Costa Rican tenor, David Astorga, who won immediately
the first prize of the Salice d’Oro: who else could be a better Nemorino? From Trapani, the baritone, for the occasion in the role of “buffo”, the histrion charlatan Dulcamara would be Francesco Vultaggio, a brilliant student of Simone Alaimo.
The cast was finally done !
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This is when the alchemy begins to come true, the stage got animated and the project to get realised. No experience could leave someone indifferent at the very moment of a production birth; a show which will be always different, of which each repetition will never resemble another one and of whom, emotions will be unique because unable to be repeated.
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Rehearsals are synonymous of quality and each production is for all, conductor and director included, an opportunity to gain a different conscience. This availability of spirit is a fundamental condition to guarantee the quality of a performance.
One should be opened to what is going to emerge on each very moment, flexible enough to change mind on the spot, following the stream of ideas, motions and gestures which would arise all of a sudden. It is the necessary sine-qua-non to the creative process, the source of enriching surprises, as, for instance, the ones born from the collaboration with the young singers of the Coro Tomasino: our first encounter was under the sign of prudence: “Are they aware that this very special opera needs their constant presence all along the performance” was the question I brought to myself. “How can we render the French manner drama style, although we have to obey some theatrical tricks from the Naples traditions” was another one. The young singers were very attentive and followed every single indication given by Ravi, who is actually gifted to interpretate and translate
my concepts and direction with simple words and efficient phrases. The art of talking to crowds is more than a job, it is a gift!
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Day after day, the participants got transformed into characters, following their very own personal motivation to be rendered in deeds and expressions throughout singing and acting. Here, in the Philippines,  there is no need for a director to beg for extra hours of rehearsals – absolulety impossible in Europe – because in Manila, all of the coro members, with their kind Maestro Ronan Ferrer, were always ready and grateful for all that they could be able to learn from these precious staging lessons. The emotion would be at its utmost point when, at the end of the performances, the expression of all the young singers would reach its most sincere expression when greeting Prince Ravi, each of the young students of the Conservatory would rise Ravi’s hand towards each one’s forehead in sign of gratitude and respect, from Asians to another Asian, in a universal embrace.
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The rehearsal venues in the heart of CCP got animated day after day, following the natural metamorphosis of the progress done in the flowing experiences of an opera setting up. The stage got alive all at once and the music got free from the melody, in which it was jailed. The following surprises came from the extras; all, students of the UST Conservatory, got so deeply involved in their acting, that they gave me the clear impression to become real interpreters of the highest level of drama, always with good mood and smiles.
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Last but not least, the marvellous collaboration of elements of the Philippine Ballet
Theatre, for whom I had in mind only two little interventions, at the beginning of the two acts, but, as the dancers got passionately immerged in this sparkling profusion of colours and sounds, from time to time, reported to one’s personal sensitivity, the same dancers brought to life the scenes of Pinelli’s Rome, with mandolines and tamburins, with vivid moves, reflecting elegant poetry in an original interpretation. My grateful thanks to the choreographer Anatoly Panasyuokov, from the Bolchoi ! Our farewell greetings were very emotioning.
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The theatrical machine was on its way and no one was left on its own, thanks to the professionality, doubled with witty humour of our stage manager, fairly known as the best of the Philippines, Ed Murillo. In all the show “within the show”, Ravi and I appreciated some litlle privileges such as the (hidden) permission to take a coffee backstage, for instance.
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So, then,…. our hearts were beating hard on that very “Gala” evening of the 7th October 2017. One could be prepared and done it for hundred times, but whenever the curtain is opening, words are really lacking to describe the feelings.
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Even more after the greetings of CCP President  Arseno J. Lizeso, of our ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino recently arrived in Manila, who definitely wants to increase the level of the cultural collaboration, in this case, in the field of opera, between the two countries, and of the President of the Association Philippine-Italy, Zenaida Tantoco. The
execution of the two national anthems, philippine and italian, with the respective flags on both sides of the stage, the prestigious attendance of so many ambassadors, among whom Her Excellency Mrs. Tuot Panha, ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to whom goes my heartfelt gratitude for her encouraging words and presence from
the beginning of this adventure. In synthesis, an honour evening, which weigh its importance on our shoulders with a final result so satisfactory !
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The day after, sentiments and feelings were even stronger in occasion of the “matinée”. For the Gala evening, the prices of the tickets were voluntarily high to gather funds for the construction of a new church in the apostolic parrish of Tondo, Manila; on the following sunday, the prices were more accessible and surprisingly, most of the 1.800 seats were occupied. A heterogeneous audience and the new Philippine generation was invading the theatre with its refreshing and exulting strength, during the warm, always accurate applause; a sign of a real involvement  in what was going on on stage, as when the audience asked for a “bis” of the famous aria “Una furtiva lagrima”. I was in the light control cabin at the moment of the litteral “invocation” of the “bis” and during the endless applause, the technician launched the following light effect. Generous David Astorga made a sign to the conductor to grant the “bis” and at the same moment, with my approximative English, I tried to have the technician go back to the previous lighting effect. It was a real effort for him: never in his life had he had to do such a thing ! This is when I definitely realised that how all our “rituals” were so different: having an “aria” repeated for us is a clear sign of success and I understood all of a sudden how intense and interesting for both parts were these days spent together, trying to assemble competences and talents to the service of art for art’s sake, a great sentiment of reciprocal progress.
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At the end of the performance, when all the soloists, with the conductor and the guest director, were invited to an informal encounter with the spectators on the stairs of the “Foyer”, like 1930s divas. Twinkling flashes of cellphone cameras were telling us not to go, which I personally translated into a “one more time” and “arrivederci” !
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“L’elisir d’amore” of Gaetano Donizetti for the first time in Manila: Article of Francesco Germinario in “L’opera international magazine”, November 2017

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Integral version of the interview of His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong and Costa Rican Tenor, David Astorga on ANC News Channel of the Philippines

Interview with HH Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong and Costa Rican Tenor, David Astorga on ANC News Channel of the Philippines on Wednesday, 4th october 2017 about the representation of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” in Manila.

 

My heartfelt thanks to my fraternal friend, Producer Massimiliano Turci who published the integrality of this interview on his Youtube channel.

Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong of Cambodia shares his thoughts on the Philippine opera scene

 

Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong of Cambodia shares his thoughts on the Philippines opera scene in this interview in the Early Edition of ANC News on the Philippine Television on 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.

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.

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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