December 13, 2016
For me the name “Eau Papaguéna”, Franck Salzwedel’s 2015 fragrance created for Élisire with Firmenich perfumer Pierre Negrin, alludes to colors and sounds, as well as to astronomy and opera. When I hear or read the word Papaguéna I imagine the luminescent greens and yellows of Amazon parrot feathers. The words for parrot in German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch are similar (papagei, pappagallo, papagaio and papegaai respectively) Papagena is also the name of a large, bright asteroid – 471 Papagena – discovered in 1907, that made its most recent appearance in 2015. My favorite connection to the name is via Papagena in Mozart’s’ Magic Flute. Although this character plays only a minor role in the opera, the duet between Papagena and her bird catcher lover Papageno is one of the all time delights and highlights of operatic literature and repertoire
Thanks to the generosity of Franck Salzwedel and Élisire we have a 50 ml bottle of Eau Papaguéna for one registered reader in the USA, EU or Canada. The random winner of the draw is Flavia. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com with Elisire Eau Papaguéna as your subect and your complete mailing and phone details by 12:00 NOON EDT. This is a deadline and no exceptions if you are late. Please use the email from your comment so we know it is you. A nice note to Franck Salzwedl is greatly appreciated.