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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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/

 

Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Marquis and Opera Stage Director: a life dedicated to Beauty and Music

Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, born in Ripatransone, lived first in Fermo (Marche), the town of origin of his family, and then in Rome where he obtained the School-leaving Certificate (Science) and proceeded studying Law and Psychology at La Sapienza University of Rome and piano as a hobby.

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The journalist

As a young journalist in the mid 1970s, he began his career with Vatican Radio and Radio Lugano (Italian Switzerland). Between 1977 and 1993, he directed very popular broadcasts for the three main radio channels of RAI. Meanwhile, he started writing for local newspapers and magazines and has been a frequent contributor to “Il Mattino” ,“Il Corriere della Sera” and also for the weekly magazine, “Gente” as well as for numerous specialized music publications. He also wrote specialist articles not only in Italy but also in Spain, England, France, Austria, Germany, the Soviet Union, Switzerland, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Canada, Greece, China, Japan, and Turkey. He is a member of the Italian Musical Critics Association and the Journalists’ Association . He has written texts for the covers of records and for theatre programmes (San Carlo Theatre of Naples, Ente Arena of Verona, Festival of Asolo, Monte-Carlo Opera House, etc.). In the 1980s, he extended his experience becoming Press Office Head for important festivals, such as Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Festival delle Nazioni di Città di Castello, Festival Pucciniano di Torre del Lago and the Sagra Malatestiana of Rimini. In 1989 he was appointed head of the press office of the Teatro dell’Opera of Rome where he also established and managed the Publications Office and had several cultural publications printed. He remained a member of the Art Direction Team until 1997.

The Art Adviser and Art Director

In 1987 he returned to his hometown as Art Adviser at the Festival di Fermo where he promoted cooperation with the principal events in Italy and abroad until 1991. He planned the “first performances in modern times” of musicians of 1700-1800, including Cimarosa, Rossini, Donizetti and Cherubini (“première”) and commissioned works by the most famous modern composers, launching the event at an international level. In 1993-1994, he was appointed to the Teatro dell’Opera as assistant to the Art Director, Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti, and put in charge of some sectors of the “Il Teatro dell’Opera per la Città” project. For the Opera of Roma he was in charge of the art direction for the theatre’s tournée in Nagoya, Japan. In 1994 by Government Decree, he was appointed as a new member of the first Board of Experts at the Dipartimento dello Spettacolo della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri for the three-year period from 1994 to 1996. From 1994 to July of 1996 he was Art Adviser to the restored Teatro Ventidio Basso in Ascoli Piceno which re-opened after fifteen years of work on October 15, 1994. There he organized seasons of opera, ballet, symphony performances, and chamber music concerts. In 1995 and 1996 he was Art Secretary of the Festival delle Nazioni in Città di Castello.

The International Artistic Consultant

During the 1997-1998 season, he was also appointed as Artistic Consultant of Production of “Aida,” directed and staged by Franco Zeffirelli, and performed in Japan on the occasion of the inauguration of the New National Theatre of Tokyo. In 2000 Grisostomi Travaglini was appointed by the Ministry of Culture of the Turkish Republic as general manager of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet, concurrently working as Musical Director up to the year 2002. In 2002 he was asked once again to go to Tokyo as director at the New National Theatre for a new production of “Lucia di Lammermoor”. The premiere on October 11 was attended by Their Imperial Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan. In 2004 Tokyo’s “LaVoce inc” invited him to the New National Theatre to direct a new production of “Lucia di Lammermoor”. The performance was staged at the New National Theatre and recorded on DVD. Cast: Mariella Devia, Marcelo Álvarez, Renato Bruson, Carlo Colombara. Conductor Stefano Ranzani. The DVD was released commercially in 2005.

 

The Opera Producer

Since 1982, Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini has been called in Italy and many countries worldwide to stage popular opera titles in prestigious locations (Aida, Turandot, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, Lucia de Lammermoor, etc…), which are either wide spaces in the open or classical theatre scenes. He has taken advantage of his numerous travels to write articles in various publications, newspapers and magazines as well as holding conferences and seminar communications on special requests all over the world.

The Writer

He wrote a book on the life of Katia Ricciarelli which was published on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her career. He also authored the book “I Teatri a Roma: Il Costanzi.” He wrote a musical study on Verdi’s opera “Macbeth” which was translated into French and published by Monte-Carlo Opera. His musicological book on “Madama Butterfly” was translated into Spanish for the Puccini Festival in Valencia and was presented to the audience during a conference in Spain. His two other musicological books: “Aida” and “Turandot” were translated into Turkish and published by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet.

http://www.vincenzogrisostomi.com

Visite au Teatro La Fenice de Venise, Samedi 10 Mai 2014

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11/05/2014 Sabato 10 maggio 2014 il sovrintendente Cristiano Chiarot ha accolto oggi il Principe Sisowath Tesso e il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong in rappresentanza della Famiglia Reale Khmer in visita al Teatro La Fenice. I principi sono a Venezia in occasione della giornata di studi all’isola di San Giorgio e dello spettacolo del Balletto Reale di Cambogia al Teatro Malibran organizzati dalla Fondazione Giorgio Cini

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