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.

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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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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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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/