Cambodian Prince joins Italian Opera

Cambodian Prince joins Italian Opera

Cambodian Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong, affectionately known as the ‘Italian Prince’, joins the artistic direction of Madama Butterfly in Cambodia and brings his unique artistic sensibilities at the December 10th production this year.

His collaboration with the renowned Italian opera director, Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, hints at a blend of Cambodian and Italian narratives, proposing an important cultural dialogue through music.

During rehearsals of 'Aida' in Istanbul

Prince Ravi’s journey through the arts is both varied and profound. Originating in Phnom Penh, it traversed continents, diving deep into literature and international consultancy, before emerging into the world of arts and music. The late 1980s and early 1990s saw him aligning with the "Ballet Classique Khmer", advocating for Cambodian refugees in Europe, and enrolling at the Paris Conservatoire. These experiences have played a key role in shaping his musical vision.

Prince 'Ravi' amongst the cast of 'Lucia di Lammermoor' in Manila (middle left in gold).

Since 2010, the partnership between Prince Ravi and Maestro Travaglini has been central in various lyric productions, both in Europe and Asia. Their journey explores classics like Tosca and La Bohème and delves into contemporary creations like "Sinan," with Prince Ravi’s contributions ensuring historical and social authenticity.

With Pope Francis at the Vatican

The Madama Butterfly collaboration also underscores Prince Ravi’s role as Ambassador of the Royal Household of Cambodia in 2016 as bestowed by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. His appointment emphasizes his commitment to bolstering appreciation for Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage, and the growing interest towards the arts at large by the Khmer public.

The impending Madama Butterfly production in Phnom Penh is not merely an opera; it is a vibrant celebration of tradition, innovation, and a mutual passion for music. Don't miss it > Buy Tickets for Madama Butterfly with a 5% discount with the code IC ARTS at checkout >