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

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/

 

Honouring the Memory of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk Varman, Preah Barom Rattanak Kaud, Father of Khmer Independence

On Tuesday 17th January 2017, before entering the Preah Reach Damnak Kantha Bopha to be received by Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and I were granted the honour to offer a jasmine garland in front of the Statue of our Late King-Father in the gardens of the Royal Palace.

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Royal Audience granted by Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk to Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On Tuesday 17th January 2017, in Phnom Penh,  Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk granted me and Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini the honour of a Royal Audience in Preah Reach Damnak Kantha Bopha at 10.30 a.m.

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Our Beloved Queen-Mother had honoured us with beautiful Royal gifts, hand-made silk ties, books and music CDs of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk.

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We brought from Italy a very special perfume and I kneeled down to explain the different fragrances used.

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Before leaving, Her Majesty granted us the honour of a last photography, together with Her Royal Highness Princess Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Anoch Norodom Arunrasmy, renewing Her wishes for the success of Our projects.

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Royal Audience granted by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni to Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On Monday 16th January 2017, in Phnom Penh,  His Majesty Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath King Norodom Sihamoni granted me and Marquis Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini the honour of a Royal Audience in Khemarin Palace at 11.00 a.m.

King Sihamoni had honoured us with beautiful Royal gifts, silver hand-made traditional boxes and books.

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Then, His Majesty asked us about our activities in the field of Opera and Art and we obliged  by raising to His Majesty’s High Attention our projects in the next future.

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Before leaving, His Majesty granted us the honour of a last photography altogether, renewing His wishes for the success of Our projects.

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Our Royal Audience reported on the Official Website of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia

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