Concert at Monaco Palace brings hope to children in need

Choral group Les Comperes and Ruggero Raimondi sing for Mission Enfance

Mission_Enfance_logo_okIt was a warm summer evening in July, perfect for a charity concert in the Honor Court of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, and even more noteworthy when the choral group Les Comperes with the special participation of Ruggero Raimondi and Pianist Francois WEigel, were singing for Mission Enfance. HSH Prince Albert, Honorary President of the association, was in his royal box accompanied by Bernadette Chirac French politician and wife of the former President Jacques Chirac and other personalities. Andre Peyregne, presenter, director of the Nice Conservatory, music critic and conductor, animated the evening with the charm and wit that characterizes him.

Unity is strength

The choral society Les Comperes was created in 2006 and it is composed of 53 singers directed by two choirleaders, France Duhamel and Denise Elisseche. It is mainly composed of family members of known personalities, and they are a veritable musical brotherhood which their objective is to perform free of charge to raise funds with the sale of tickets and programs, assisting associations in their humanitarian pursuits. Up to this date they have been able to offer more than Euro 800,00 for the benefit of charity organizations.

Ruggero Raimondi, the Italian bass-baritone opera singer who has appeared in motion pictures and is considered one of the greatest lyric singers of our times, delighted the public with his songs. He is very well known for some of his most memorable interpretations of Opera characters like King Philip in Verdi’s Don Carlos, the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Philippe II, the title roles in Boris Godounov, Don Quichotte by Massenet, Fastaff, Scarpia in a recording of Tosca, Mephistopheles, Attila and many more. He also made the television film Six characters in search of a singer. In 2008 he appeared in the Mini-Series “Les Sanglot des Anges” on French TV, in which he played the role of an Italian opera singer.

This exceptional musical performance had been organized by Patricia Husson, Vice-President of Mission Enfance, who unfortunately could not be present that evening do to the recent passing of her adored husband who had been a great supporter of this initiative. Its President, Anne-Marie Fissore, addressed the public and thanked those who made this concert possible and enabled the association to raise Euro 132,000 that will be dedicated to pursue their humanitarian work.

The event was financed integrally by the Association France-Monaco, who in turn received the support of the following generous donors: Countess Daniela Memmo d’Amelie, Mr and Mrs Jim Mc Loughlin, Mr and Mrs Mark Shriro, Mr Willly de Bruyn and societe Ludi, Cuomo Foundation, Faconnable, Martin Maurel Sella Bank, Marzocco Group, AS Monaco and Credit Suisse.

Domitille Lagourgue who is the association’s Director gave a brief but emotional account of their educational projects for children in need in Vietnam, Laos, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Armenia, Afghanistan, Colombia and victims from wars in Syria and Iraq.

For more information on the association visit www.mission.enfance.org

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