A Cultural Vision for Madama Butterfly
In the world of opera, the fusion of artistic brilliance and visionary collaboration often results in transcendent performances. As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming production of Madama Butterfly in Phnom Penh, we're privileged to introduce a driving force behind this musical masterpiece: His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong.
A Journey Through the Arts
Born in Phnom Penh, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong has traversed continents and cultures, shaping a remarkable journey that converges in the realm of opera. While he initially pursued his studies in British contemporary literature and gained experience as an associate expert and consultant with the United Nations, his heart was drawn to the world of arts and music.
A Passion Unveiled
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Prince Ravi embraced a role that would lay the foundation for his future in the arts. He became the Public Relations representative for the "Ballet Classique Khmer," a direct emanation of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in France. During this time, he didn't merely facilitate behind-the-scenes efforts; he took to the stage as a dancer and conductor, participating in galas dedicated to supporting Cambodian refugees in Europe.
His journey further unfolded as he delved into the traditional "Pinpeat" and "Mahori" music and singing, guided by Cambodian Royal Palace Masters who had survived the genocide. Parallelly, he explored the world of Western Classical singing at the Conservatoire of Paris. These experiences laid the groundwork for his unique blend of traditional Cambodian and Western musical sensibilities.
A Royal Collaboration
Since 2010, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong has served as an Artistic Consultant for Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, a seasoned Italian opera director. Together, they have embarked on a journey to bring operatic masterpieces to life, enriching cultural landscapes across Europe and Asia. Their collaborations have ranged from classics like Tosca, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly, Aida, Carmen, Turandot, to contemporary creations like "Sinan."
Prince Ravi's contributions extend across various facets of production, from staging and set design to costume conception, light design, and dramaturgy. His extensive research on the myths, original stories, and historical context of operas has deepened the narratives, lending them historical and social authenticity.
An Ambassador of Culture
In May 2016, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong received a significant honor when His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia appointed him as Ambassador of the Royal Household of Cambodia with the rank of Under-Secretary of State. This appointment underscored his role as a cultural ambassador, fostering understanding and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia.
Madama Butterfly 2023
As we look forward to "Madama Butterfly" gracing the stage in Phnom Penh, Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong's multifaceted journey and unwavering commitment to the arts converge in this grand production. His deep-rooted love for opera, nurtured since his early years in France, has found a vibrant expression in this collaboration.
The upcoming Madama Butterfly promises to be more than an opera; it's a cultural celebration woven with threads of tradition, innovation, and a shared passion for music. Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong's vision for this production enriches the tapestry of Cambodia's artistic heritage, embracing the global language of music. We eagerly anticipate sharing this unforgettable night with you, as we embark on a journey through the transformative power of opera.
The Madama Butterfly team is immensely thankful to His Royal Highness for the help, guidance and advice he has provided to our entourage.