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 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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…!
Many thanks to Mr. Luigi Allegretti Gravina for the nice photos on stage !
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.
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.
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….
His exhibition in Rome will last until 17th April. Please go to have a look, it is worth seeing!