On Friday, 14th December 2018 at 3.00 PM, His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Monsieur Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Italy, together with Mrs. Pinuccia Pitti, President and Founder of the Marianna Foundation for Human Rights and Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Artistic Advisor of the Foundation. During the conversation were exchanged views on the development of the Marianna Foundation, especially a special event in collaboration with the French Embassy during the second semester of 2019.
“Non fidarti del cielo, non fidarti delle stelle, / Non fidarti della moglie che dice di non avere amanti… “ ; questo antico detto Khmer sembra adattarsi perfettamente alla novella di Giovanni Verga da cui è tratta l’opera: “Cavalleria Rusticana” con musica di Pietro Mascagni, proposta in “prima” assoluta per il Sud-Est Asiatico a Phnom Penh il 28 e 29 settembre, nell’ambito del Festival di musica promosso dalla catena Sofitel.
Un evento di vaste proporzioni che ha richiamato nella capitale della Cambogia, l’antico impero dei Khmer, un pubblico internazionale e una rappresentanza di alto prestigio, con una significativa rappresentanza della Famiglia Reale presente la sorella maggiore di Sua Maestà il Re: S.A.R. la Principessa Bopha Devi; autorità tra cui il Ministro della Cultura signora Phoeung Sakona che ha fortemente appoggiato l’iniziativa e l’Ambasciatore del Giappone Hidehisa Horinouchi che nell’occasione ha voluto celebrare i 65 anni di relazioni diplomatiche tra l’Impero del Sol Levante ed il Regno di Cambogia.
Promotore dell’iniziativa l’Associazione “Cambodia Opera Project” di recente formazione su iniziativa dell’artista giapponese Ai Iwasaki, formatasi in Italia alla scuola di William Matteuzzi e interprete del ruolo di Santuzza. Sempre di stampo italiano il tenore cambogiano Khuon Sethisak quale Turiddu, che apprese l’arte del canto con Carlo Bergonzi.
“Un canto di popoli”, così è stato definito questo “abbraccio universale” per “Cavalleria Rusticana” con artisti e promotori dal Giappone, Cambogia, Italia, Francia … e nel coro anche dal Camerun e dall’Olanda.
Un’ orchestra di giovani formatasi per l’occasione con partecipanti dal Giappone, dalla rinata scuola di musica classica di Phnom Penh e ancora dalla Thailandia, Francia, Regno Unito, Australia.
Una compagnia veramente internazionale, completata dal baritono giapponese Hideya Masuhara (Alfio), dal contralto giapponese Mari Jinnai e nel ruolo di Lola il 28 settembre il soprano cambogiano Y Marinette e il 29 la giapponese Miki Maesaka. Direttore di un’orchestra quanto mai entusiasta: Jun Lisaka del New National Theatre di Tokyo. Regista per questo evento che ha visto per la prima volta rappresentata in Cambogia un’opera nella sua integralità Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini coadiuvato da S.A.R. il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong che nella sua qualità di Ambasciatore della Real Casa di Cambogia ha voluto così favorire un canale privilegiato di scambio tra le culture di diversi Paesi e in particolar modo con l’Italia. Hanno, inoltre, collaborato giovani delle scuole d’arte scenica di Phnom Penh e i bambini orfani che hanno trovato nella musica un nuovo stimolo ed emozionante interesse. Disegno luci di Giovanni Pirandello.
Successo quanto mai clamoroso, per la recita del 28 dedicata ai giovani delle scuole superiori e delle università e per il “gala” con una sala stracolma e standing ovation con un applauso che sembrava non voler terminare.
I wish to extend my warmest thanks to President Rocco Recce and his marvellous Prefect, Mrs. Francesca Staiti who organised a very pleasant evening with so many lovely people around the theme of “Women and Holiness in Cambodia”
The two fairies of the magic evenings of Rome came back on 28th October 2018 at MAXXI to bring us a magnificent gift in occasion of the Fall session of Sanda Pandza’s Wedding Planner Academy: The “Butterfly Effect Emotional Gala Dinner” was the occasion not only to give a pratical application of a week of intensive trainings and lessons, but also a way to gather the best professionals in the event organisation camp to create a splendid, innovative but always elegant event.
This time, the accent was put on trasparency, lightness and fluidity.
First, the marvellous Welcome of Butterflies at the entrance with the sublime evergreen floral design of Great Andrea Patrizi.
Then, the surprise of the “Emotional” dinner: tying a black silk ribbon in a fluid knot on your eyes, listening to your inner feelings and letting explode in your mouth the flavours cooked by Chef Fabio, under the protective look of gorgeous Valentina Picca Bianchi, dynamic director of Whitericevimenti.
Afterwards, the magnificent “Butterflies” will invite you from one table to another, to obey the elementary principles of liberty and love to gain happiness….
The explosion of emotions happened after dinner, when Magus Ivan Visentin, Director of Offside Events, opened his enchanted Open Bar and made us drink love elixirs and potions until late in the night, with the charming ladies of the Evening who took the shape of colourful butterflies…
Then, the party began with fantastic musicians, enigmatic female creatures….
A magnetic and irresistible will to enjoy life in the heart of the night darkness suddenly occurred and we got the rhythm to dance the whole night through…thanks to Sanda’s magic, kindness and glamour as always.
Sanda, we love you ! Come back soon, with another celebration to make us think that we are the smartest people on Earth….but aren’t we ?
My heartfelt gratitude to photographer Daniele Pierangeli and his assistant for the very nice pictures !
Event planning & Design: Sanda Pandza Events
Catering and design: Valentina Picca Bianchi
Floral design: Andrea Patrizi
Light design & mapping: Tecnoservice 2000
Open Bar: OffSide Events
Music Design: Vasco Alessandrelli
Vocalist female: Oumy N’Diaye
Vocalist male: @joshuajackofficial
DJ: Leo Alessandrelli
Photo: Jay Studio – Wedding Photography
Arredi: ELE Light
Performance: Giulia Cencioni
Special thanks to: Antonella Lionetti
Location: LINEA e TYPO al Museo MAXXI
“Rodin et la Danse”, articolo di Sua Altezza il Principe Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong in “L’Opera- International Magazine”, Luglio-Agosto 2018 su Auguste Rodin, la sua passione tardiva per la danza e “Neang Vaddhana Devi”, ultima creazione di Sua Altezza Reale la Principessa Norodom Buppha Devi, Direttrice del Balletto Reale di Cambogia.
Da notare, le bellissime foto del fotografo svizzero Helmut Stampfli
My mentor, in Opera matter, Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and my beloved fraternal friend, Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini were invited by Maestro Michela De Amicis to participate in the jury of the 1st Opera singing international competition of Penne, which took place from 23rd to 25th June 2018 in this lovely little town of Abruzzo, near Pescara on the Adriatic Coast.
The participants came from allover the world, from Mexico to Japan, China and Italy. In the meantime, other classical music competitions involved young talents from Russia and other countries, among which…. Cambodia !
We were received by dynamic and cheerful Professor Lidia Dutillo, President of Le Muse Music School, who accompanied us to a lovely little cottage, Villa Emma, where the owners, Stefania and Giancarlo Delle Monache took care of us the way only Italians can do: with charm, discretion and warmth, and above all, an unforgettable breakfast, made of the utmost fresh products of the surrounding countryside.
On the first evening, Maestro Michela De Amicis, together with her two friends, Maestro Rosella Masciarelli and Maestro Angela Petaccia, brought us a marvellous gift: A concert with their six hands, entitled “Trio pianiste all’Opera”, three fantasies inspired by “Rigoletto”, “Traviata” and many Puccini’s Opera Arias. I was in heaven…. We ended up to have dinner together and as I was telling my admiration, Maestro Rosella Masciarelli held me their CD: such a special moment !
The jury of the Opera competition was presided by Maestro Leone Magiera, best friend of late world wide famous Luciano Pavarotti, and I had the occasion to meet with him and his very nice wife, Dottoressa Lidia La Marca as well as energetic and smiling Soprano Patrizia Orciani, accompanied by handsome tenor Carlo Baricelli. Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini completed with their respective competences this pannel of the highest level. The singers were accompanied all along the competition by young and talented Maestro Piergiorgio Del Nunzio.
The three Opera singers who robbed my heart (and were selected as well by the jury) were Mariana Valdés from Mexico, Mae Hayashi from Yokohama and Ruiyang Xu from China. Not only were they exceptional voices, with a variety of colours and sensual shades, but they are three marvellously beautiful ladies. We all fell under their charms !
At the final evening, I was granted the pleasure to meet with 17 year-old Cambodian violonist, Sokhema Di Croce, originally from Battambang and who was adopted by her Roman parents when she was only 11 months. I was raptured by the power of her interpretation and I hope to re-meet her very soon in Rome. Maestro Gianni Maria Ferrini already promised her to organise a concert at Ariadimusica, in which she will be able to show her great talents.
After the gala concert, we got together with the “Happy Few” and had a funny and relaxing dinner in a place called “il Chicco Verde” and finished with a delicious ice-cream at “La Regina”, property of Signora Irma where my friends, Maestro Sacha De Ritis and his student, Mattia Carugno explained to me some tricks to play their favourite instrument: the traverse flute.
On Saturday 16th June 2018, as promised two years ago, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna decided to gather some friends once again in the Castle of his ancestors in Partanna, Sicily. Thanks to Dottore Domenico de Gennaro and the “Il MedioEvo” Association, the funds reunited in occasion of this Gala Dinner will be used to restore two wonderful masterpieces of Sicilian XVIIIth Century.
Before dinner, Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna invited Maestro Vincenzo Marrone d’Alberti, togetehr with his talented young student, Maesto Luca Lione to play romantic pieces of Chopin, Lizst and Brahms and my emotion was at its utmost level, when I heard the notes of Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye”, a surprise for Prince Grifeo (who particularly appreciates this piece of music) but also for me, as Ravel composed it right after attending the performance of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia at Pré Catelan in Summer 1906, following King Sisowath in state visit.
The funds gathered two years ago served to restore a magnificent statue of San Giovanni Battista, a glory of Sicilian medieval wood sculpture tradition.
Many friends of Prince Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna have participated with enthusiasm to this prestigious Gala evening and the celebration went on, until late into the summer night, among laughs and joyful jokes of a merry company, who promised to do it again very soon !
Needless to say that this enchanting evening is still alive in our hearts and we are looking forward to going back to this lovely area of the Beautiful Sicily.
All my gratitude and sincere thanks to our marvellous photographer, Mr. Angelo Campus.